“University administrations should take steps to make campuses accessible to disabled students,” said Dr Qaiser Mushtaq, vice chancellor of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur on Thursday.
He thanked the chief minister for approving purchase of electronic limbs (arms) for a disabled MPhil student of the university.
Mushtaq said Muhammad Waqar Nizami had lost both his arms when he accidently touched live electric wires 12 years ago. He said Nizami was pursuing an MPhil in Islamic Studies Department at the university. The VC said the government was taking steps to improve education standards across the province. “Students have been motivated by the laptop scheme and the ujala scheme,” he said. “By providing for Nizami’s limbs, the government has shown that it is sensitive to the needs of students with disabilities,” he said.
The VC said universities should offer transport and wheelchairs for disabled students. He said an information centre had been set up at the university’s Abbasia Campus where handicapped students could submit their complaints. He said the IUB had taken steps to make its campus accessible to disabled students.
He said a proposal had been sent to the governor for installation of escalators, ramps and provision of electronic chairs.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2015.