The Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for the Handicapped in Duprayapet will work together with the Pondicherry University to improve the job prospects and increase sensitisation to people with disabilities.

They have proposed to work together in three main areas – modular employability skill training, sensitisation of the staff and awareness programs for people with disabilities. The VRCH will provide expertise in dealing with persons with disabilities for the staff and students of Pondicherry University.

Assistant Director (rehabilitation) of VRCH T. Santhanam recently offered to provide their expertise to the university at the International Disability Day function at Pondicherry University.

The offer was later accepted by Vice-Chancellor J.A.K. Tareen. According to Dr. Santhanam, the VRCH had a new Modular Employability Scheme under which persons could undergo 180 hours of training. After the training, the VRCH and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) would evaluate the candidates. If they were found worthy, they would receive a certificate recognised by the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT).

This training could be integrated with the existing computer training provided by the university, which would give it more credence, he said.

The second area in which the VRCH could work with the university was in sensitisation of staff. The university conducts several in-service training programmes for its staff through the Academic Staff College. The VRCH would be able to conduct an expert training on the problems faced by persons with disabilities, the facilities available and also provide career guidance talks.

The VRCH also offered to conduct programs specifically for persons with disabilities, which would deal with the facilities, career opportunities, the reservation policies and how to work with it as well as help with preparation for various competitive examinations.

At the disability day function, Mr. Tareen announced that the university was currently looking at acquiring exclusive battery operated cars for the physically challenged, which would have lower steps. They were also getting two new cars that would accommodate 34 people instead of the current 14.