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AICTE asks technical institutes to set up EOFC, guidelines issued

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has established guidelines for inclusive education for all, including those with disabilities.

In a letter, the AICTE has asked the vice-chancellors of universities of technology and all its recognized institutions to establish a cell known as “Equal Opportunity Facilitation Cell (EOFC)”.

A senior faculty will be appointed as the nodal officer of EOFC with various members including male/female faculties, non-teaching staff, representative of NGOs working in the field of PWD empowerment and others. This has been done to make inclusive digital education possible for everyone, including people with disabilities.

Responsibility of EOFC:

Promote the admission of PwPs in technical institutions. Create regular awareness among stakeholders about equal opportunities. Responding to special needs of students regarding the learning process.

Provide special assistance in the training and placement of students with disabilities. Providing free laptops and internet costs to PwDs via Institute / State Government.

In its letter, the AICTE asked its accredited institutions to include details regarding the availability of a barrier-free environment for students with disabilities on their websites, including details about the admission process, support services and the status of persons with disabilities.

Institutions should create a separate budget head for spending on activities promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities.

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