Tuesday, April 23, 2024

HEC Introduces Special Measures to Facilitate the Differently-Abled Students

Special measures, including age relaxation, wheelchair-friendly houses, scholarship and fee concessions, and on-campus special transport services, are being considered by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to assist students of various abilities in any possible way.

According to official HEC reports, the regulatory body is exploring different options for disabled students to incorporate them into the higher education market.

As the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2020 has already been introduced, in the light of the resolution, HEC will review the current policy for differently-capable students. The bill is also binding on neighboring universities, but its implementation requires vice-chancellors to take over the project.

The sources also highlighted the initiatives taken by HEC to encourage the differentiated students, including the declaration of HEC policy on the issue, the distribution of wheelchairs, the establishment of Well Being Centres, and the creation of Kamyab Jawan Programme Student Clubs for Prime Minister.

Another HEC official revealed that special care is required for students with visual difficulties, hearing impairment, or mobility issues. Therefore, in order to clearly differentiate between different students with different needs, HEC has identified different categories of different-abled students.

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