Kolkata: The department of mass education extension and library services wants to set up a higher studies institute, complete with residential facilities, for persons with disabilities, at the Baruipur educational hub.
State mass education extension and library services minister Siddiqullah Choudhury said at the state assembly on Thursday that a proposal would be sent to the chief minister soon. “Bengal has 74 schools for persons with disabilities and 15,000 students study there. Education is free till the children turn 18. We want to develop an educational institute with residential facilities where they can stay and study till Plus-II and beyond, for college degrees, ” Choudhury said.
The minister said he had seen the site where the institute was being planned. “Our officials have also seen the proposed site. We will place a proposal on this to the chief minister. At the beginning, we will propose to start off with 200 boys and 200 girls on campus, ”Choudhury said, adding that the institute would be developed as grants came in.
During the discussion, the minister also appreciated the role of the principal of Calcutta Blind Schoolsaying the school for the visually impaired was doing well.