Disabled students have long been discriminated in the education institutes throughout the country. the current government is taking steps to end this unfortunate practice.
On Tuesday, Union minister Smriti Irani announced a slew of measures including a two-year extension for women and disabled PhD students to submit thesis papers. This is to ensure more participation from them. Women and disabled students will get eight years, instead of six years, to submit their thesis, maternity leave benefit and migration facilities.
Further, chances are that women and differently abled students will be given three years to submit their MPhil certification instead of two years. This will increase their participation in PhD programmes.
Another proposal discussed with the UGC chairperson on Monday was to give maternity leave for women students without counting the leave period in the days of their study as women often have to leave their dreams for marriage. This will strengthen the core of education.
She discussed with NEHU vice-chancellor, KS Srivastava, on the establishment of a separate department to study the tribal history, culture and philosophy of the northeast. She said that the AICTE approval on the technology course run by the university will be given within one week. On setting up of a coaching centre at the NEHU campus, she said, NEHU will have a centre to provide coaching for SC/ST, minority, and female students.