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GNLU Committee for Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)

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About GCPWD

The GNLU Committee for Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) was established in the year 2017 as an Enabling Unit, in compliance with the UGC Scheme for Persons with Disabilities.

Taking a pledge to secure the rights of persons with disabilities, this Committee aims to cater to the diverse needs of students, faculties, administrative staff and visitors with disabilities at GNLU. GNLU strives to protect the rights and needs of every section of the society, thereby fulfilling the larger goal of making the University one of the most inclusive campuses.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES:
  • To foster respect and promote inclusiveness and ensure participation of persons with disabilities in all activities at the University.
  • To aid and assist the University in formulating campus-wide, disability-friendly policies.
  • To improve the accessibility of the University campus, in terms of both physical as well as virtual infrastructure.
  • To protect the rights of persons with disabilities, in line of various legislations and other laws governing the land.
  • To facilitate the overall journey of a student with disability joining the University.
  • To provide equal playing field to all the persons with disabilities, both admitted and employed in the University.
  • To assist the University in removing any barriers that may hinder the progress, empowerment and granting of equal rights to various persons with disabilities.
  • To conduct research activities in the field of disability laws, policies and practice.
  • To organize events and activities in the University, sensitizing people about the needs and rights of persons with disabilities.
  • To collaborate with other Institutions, Government departments and Organizations for effective knowledge sharing in the field of disability studies.

Support Services at GNLU

  • The University campus has ramps and elevators constructed in various buildings, improving access for persons with disabilities.
  • Assistive Technology Lab: Air conditioned lab in library with 2HP computers loaded with assistive technologies, such as JAWS software and Hi Pearl Speed scanner for persons with visual impairment.
  • Hostels are made adaptive to the needs of students with disability.
  • The elevators are equipped with braille markers in order to make them accessible to persons with visual impairment.
  • Reasonable accommodations are made in the examinations for students with disabilities.

Events

Dialogue in the Dark: ‘See’ the World of the Visually Impaired (8th April, 2019


GNLU Committee for Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) (GCPWD), in collaboration with GNLU Centre for Law and Society (GCLS) organized Dialogue in the Dark: ‘See’ the World of the Visually Impaired’ on Monday, April 8, 2019.

The eminent speaker of the event was Mr. Amar Jain, who is currently working as an associate at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, where his primary focus lies in capital markets. The session began with Mr. Amar Jain sharing the story of his life with the audience, a tale of overcoming linguistic and accessibility barriers with unshakeable belief, tracing his journey with a determination to learn and achieve academic excellence and scholastic brilliance with hard work and a never-say-die attitude. He emphasized on how disability is merely a matter of perception, and advised everyone present, to concentrate on things that their disability doesn’t prevent from doing well, and not to regret the things it interferes with. He is truly enabled by the firm conviction and determination he holds. His way of dealing with his challenges has opened up unique opportunities to reach so many in need.

The second part of the session ‘Dialogue in the Dark’, was to immerse the audience in the world of the blindness and let them explore the dark without using the sense of sight. The major highlight of this activity was experiencing darkness all around in an entertaining way. Everyone ate in the dark, guessed everyday objects by touch and smell, and came out with a sensitizing takeaway, teaching all present that it is important to ‘emphasize’ rather than to ‘sympathize’.

The event was graced by the presence of Professor Dr. Bimal N. Patel, Director GNLU, who also shared his experience at the end of the session. In his words, “a lot of people have physical or mental challenges in life, how do one deal with it is important”. He also emphasised on how technology has played a vital role in empowering persons with disabilities. He also reiterated GNLU’s commitment for the betterment of persons with disabilities.

The session concluded with the Vote of Thanks being proposed by Mr. Marisport, Assistant Professor of Law thanking the guests, the faculty members, and the students of Social Work for their presence. This event will forever be cherished by all the attendees as a perennial source of motivation, to work in the best of their capacity to make this world more inclusive.

Logo Making Competition on 09th October, 2018

GNLU Committee for Persons with Disabilities (GCPWD) had successfully organised a logo making competition for GCPWD and launched the logo on 09th October, 2018. For this competition we have received total 10 entries. Based on the result, given by judges, Mr. Akash Jegan (Batch 2017-22) has been declared as winner of the competition.

GCPWD Guest Lecture on 1st October, 2018

The GNLU Committee for Persons with Disabilities (GCPWD) had organised a Guest lecture on ‘Taking Charge: Success Stories and Self-Determination” on 1st October’ 2018. The Dignitaries and the eminent Speakers of the day were Mr. Rahul Kelapure, Legal Officer-Enforcement Department, (Securities and Exchange Board of India), Mumbai and Ms. Jyoti Shah, Founder of JYOT Foundation and President of Gujarat Wheel Chair Cricket, Ahmedabad – two renowned personalities who are the epitome of the belief that the human spirit is one of ability, perseverance and courage that no disability can steal away.

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Dr Ambati Nageswara Rao

Faculty Convener,
GNLU Committee for Persons with Disabilities,
Assistant Professor of Social Work,
Gujarat National Law University, Attalika Avenue,
Knowledge Corridor, Koba, Koba (Sub P. O.),
Gandhinagar - 382426 (Gujarat), INDIA.

Phone No: (+91) 79-23276973

Mobile No: (+91) 8128650816/9898332217

E-mail: gcpwd@gnlu.ac.in

Maitreya Shah,

Student Convener,

GNLU Committee for Persons with Disabilities,

Mobile No: (+91) 8690943237/8320964462

E-mail: shah.maitreya32@gmail.com