Punjab’s first Open University to share sign language material to all deaf students across Punjab free of cost-VC
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Punjab State Open University, Patiala took a unique initiative today i.e. 23 September, 2022 on the eve of International Day of Sign Language.
United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 23rd of September as “International Day of Sign Languages” to empower persons with disabilities.
To mark this day special, JGND PSOU has decided to share sign language material like e-books and videos to all deaf students and their parents across Punjab free of cost.
Videos are being uploaded on official website of the University which is provided by Bhagat Puran Singh School for Deaf, Pingalwara, Amritsar. The material consisting of more than 5000 videos will be made available shortly to all the deaf students, their parents and their spouses.
The Vice-Chancellor of JGND PSOU, Prof. (Dr.) Karamjeet Singh informed that in JGND PSOU, efforts are being made to remove all barriers to education which may be due to time, space, money or any disability. We would like to bring opportunities of higher educational learning to all Divyangjan of Punjab.
The special initiative by University is in continuation of its earlier efforts where the University is already providing free education to all differently abled students of Punjab. This agreement is a step forward in reaffirming University’s commitment towards achieving the goal of gross enrollment ratio of 50% at higher education level in Punjab, as envisaged by the NEP, 2020.
Punjab’s first Open University to share sign language material to all deaf students across Punjab free of cost-VC said with the availability of sign language books and videos, the Divyangjan learners can have access to education in the most flexible manners customized to address their special needs. The theme selected by “World Federation of the Deaf” for this year is “Sign language unite us”. “The initiative by JGND PSOU truly imbibes spirit of guiding mission of the University i.e. “Sarbat da bhalla”