One Day Online National Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Higher Education and Vocational in the Context of Post Covid-19
One Day Online National Workshop on “Challenges and Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Higher Education and Vocational in the Context of Post Covid-19” was organised on January 11, 2021. It was sponsored by DAV PG College Varanasi. There were forty Divyang Participants, from various disciplines from various universities and colleges of Varanasi, Allahabad, Lucknow and Patna attended the workshop.
The Workshop was held in three technical sessions on Challenges and opportunities for PWDs in higher education and vocation in the context of Post Covid-19, Dynamics of employability in Post Covid-19 situation, Implementation of financial assistance programs for empowering PWDs in the context of Post Covid-19.
The technical sessions were chaired by eminent personality Mr. Ajai Rai who is rehabilitation social worker and technical consultant, Sight Saver, Kolkata. The first technical session was on challenges and opportunities for PWDs in higher education and vocation in the context of post covid-19. Dr V.S.
Sharma, Head, Department of Special Education (VI), Dr. S.M. National Rehabilitation University, Lucknow expressed his views as a resource person. He highlighted the various challenges and opportunities related to higher education and vocation to the students with disabilities in the context of Post Covid-19 pandemic and said that disability is not a qualification or eligibility for employment but it is necessary to be trained to get employment. He further said that the use of information and communication technology due to Kovid-19 can prove to be a revolutionary step for the disabled.
The second technical session was on “Dynamics of Employability in Post Covid-19 Situation” and the resource person was Mr. M.K. Shrivtastav, Ex- Assistant Director Employment, Government of U. P. He emphasized strongly the need for skill development training of persons with disabilities and said that to implement the slogan “Har Hunarmand ko Kaam (Job to every skilled person)” given by the Government of India, the students with disabilities, their parents, voluntary organizations, sensitive and the awakened people of the society and the government should work together so that they can lead a dignified self-reliant life.He also pointed out that the jobs in public sector are less and there are immense employment opportunities in the private sector. The need is that our Divyang students should understand the needs of the employment world and make them skilled according to it and get respectable opportunities of livelihood.
The third technical session was on “Implementation of Financial Assistance Programs for Empowering PWDs in the Context of Post Covid-19”. The resource person Mr. Rajendra Nath Rai, Head, Department of Social Integration, Kiran Society, Varanasi advocated that the government does not need to spend much money to make the people with disabilities self-reliant, but there is a need to connect the group of disabilities with the various government schemes already running. He emphasized on the effective implementation of the provisions related to the literacy and employment of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
Dr. Kamaluddin Sheikh, Organising Secretary of the workshop and Convener, Divyang Committee welcomed the guests and participants while Dr. Parul Jain, Coordinator, IQAC introduced the theme of the workshop. Dr. Bandana Bal Chandnani, Co-organizing Secretary proposed a formal vote of thanks and Dr.Taru Singh, Co-organising Secretary facilitated the proceedings. Co-convener of Divyang Committee Dr.Sushma Mishra also had active support in organizing the workshop. Each session had a very lively and interactive discussion. At the end of the workshop, feedback was received from the participants and they said that the workshop was very useful for them.