Making the journey easier: Jawaharlal Nehru University kick- starts a disabled friendly bus

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) started a disabled- friendly bus for the physically challenged students on January 20, 2016. A ramp in order to facilitate boarding of wheelchair bound students (also using the smart electric wheelchair type) has been made a part of the bus. The bus has been donated by BHEL as a part of a CSR initiative to the varsity. The service has been inaugurated today by the outgoing Vice Chancellor, SK Sopory and officials from the PSU.

Making a number of 261 students in the category of visually impaired or physically disabled students with 154 pursuing research in the varsity, Saurabh Sharma, Joint Secretary, JNU Students Union demanded the availability of one more bus to cater to the needs of the large number of students.

Akshansh Gupta, a 95% disabled student, suffering from cerebral palsy, got his PhD from the university with an added effort from the administration to facilitate a job to him from the varsity. The university’s ‘Equal Opportunity Cell’ undertook initiatives, several times to make students’ stay on campus, a smooth one.