The physically-challenged students visiting Dr. V.S. Krishna Library of Andhra University can now browse through the books with ease as six wheelchairs were given away to the library to help gain better accessibility on the premises.
With an intention to encourage specially-abled students read books, Global Aid, a voluntary organisation aimed at empowering physically-challenged people, donated the wheelchairs to the library.
Inaugurating the event, AU Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju said: “It is our duty to extend every possible support to these people. Apart from special grants and extra amenities provided to them, initiatives such as these will certainly motivate them to be on par with others.”
Speaking on the occasion founder-president of Global Aid Sai Padma and its founder secretary B. Pragnanand said: “Although the Supreme Court has directed the Centre, States and public sector undertakings to reserve three per cent of their jobs for the disabled, the provision has not been utilised to its fullest potential due to lack of skills among the group. There is a need to address the issue collectively and make all efforts to make them employable,”.
Among others, AU registrar K. Rama Mohana Rao, rector E.A. Narayana and library incharge K. Chandramouli participated .