Shimla: Himachal Pradesh University library has become fully accessible for blind students. They can access to all books available in the library, 2.3 lac online books and many online journals. Prof. ADN Bajpai, Vice-Chancellor, HPU inaugurated the accessible library on the campus.
In the library, three computers have been installed with different talking software. Now, blind students can access to any book out of two lac 20 thousand books of the library. They have to scan the page and scan- reader software will read the page.
Internet facility has been provided in the accessible library through which students can easily access to 2 lac 30 thousand online books on “Bookshare”, an online global library. They can also read online journals through talking software.
The Vice-Chancellor said the university is for all, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or disability. He said, “We have taken a number of steps, including making ramps, to make the campus disabled friendly.”
The HP University has also distinction to be the first university in the country providing absolutely free education and transportation facility to disabled student.
The University has also implemented Central government’s Examination Policy for the Disabled. Blind or other students who can’t write due to disability and engage a scribe are given one hour extra time in an examination of three hours duration, apart from other facilities.