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Higher Education College For Disabled Youth

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Higher Education for Mentally disabled personsNow the disabled and people with developmental disabilities including mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, learning disabilities, etc. have hope to lead a life of respect and dignity by having higher education.

Situated in east Delhi’s Surajmal Vihar, Manovikas College was started in 1997 to initially help schoolchildren with disabilities; had introduced higher studies in 2009 and was recognised by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) the following year. The college is not only offering higher education but also providing support to get job to differently-abled people.

The college has successfully researched and designed courses that would suit a particular disability with a focus on helping people with developmental disabilities. At present, the college offers eight courses including hospitality, retail assistant and business and office attendant, a computer course to be added soon. The courses run for six months and the fee is Rs.10,000.

The recognition & certified courses from IGNOU’s National Centre for Disability Studies, under the university’s community college scheme has helped attract more students to the college. Community colleges offer particular courses to people living in a particular area. IGNOU at present has 300 such colleges across the country, of which 50 cater to the differently-abled students.

The students of the college are working with Haldiram’s, Barista, Cafe Coffee Day and Big Bazar and the management of the college is also in talks with the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) to seek employment for the students.

One of the policies of the college is that they monitor the cases for six months and if the individual finds any problem in adjusting with the work environment, the college again counsel and train the candidate till the time he/she is ready.

According to Javed Abidi of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), people with developmental disabilities are often neglected.

“Compared to their counterparts with orthopedic disability or visually impaired, people with development or intellectual disabilities are neglected in the larger disability movement,” Abidi said.

“It is high time that these people were put into the limelight and many more colleges and opportunities were created for them,” he added.

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