Vocational training

Increase in the allowance for people with disabilities undergoing vocational training

CHENNAI: The Indian Council for Technical Education will strengthen the stipend scheme for vocational training of students with disabilities in tertiary institutions (HEIs).

Ramesh Unnikrishnan, Advisor, Office of Policy and Academic Planning, AICTE, in a circular addressed to all Vice-Chancellors of Universities and Heads of all Technical Colleges, said AICTE along with the Directorate General of Employment (DGE), Ministry of Labor and Employment implements a Vocational Rehabilitation Support Program for People with Disabilities (PwD).

Accordingly, at present, beneficiaries would receive Rs 2,500 per month per intern for up to 12 months at PWDS, he said.

He said the ministry is also proposing to increase the rate of allowance paid to people with disabilities for whom a comparative statement of similar allowances paid should be prepared for further review. However, the AICTE did not mention in its circular the amount of the bonus for students.

The AICTE adviser also asked all accredited HEIs to provide details of any existing provision for people with disabilities offered by the State.

He also urged HEIs to disseminate this information to students, faculty and staff, so that the needy can benefit from the program.

Unnikrishnan also asked HEIs to create educational resources for visually impaired students in technical colleges and universities.

Stating that visually impaired students with visual impairments need one or more specialized formats, including Braille, large print, audio and digital to continue their studies, he said that in order to facilitate the education of students with disabilities, all technical institutions are requested to prepare the necessary resources for them.

He also said that HEIs should encourage book publishers to publish and provide free digital versions of textbooks to your institutions, so that these can be used by the students and teachers concerned.