Recently, the Minister of State, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment unveiled five transformative initiatives for persons with Disabilities at the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC).
Key points about the initiatives:
- MOU with Council of Architecture:
- Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD ) has joined hands with the Council of Architecture (COA) to introduce universal accessibility courses within Bachelor of Architecture programs.
- This collaboration extends to the development of a certified course for architects and civil engineers, equipping them with the skills to conduct accessibility audits in built environments, thereby ensuring compliance with accessibility standards.
- Releasing of Anonymous Data of UDID:
- DEPwD's release of anonymous data through the Unique Disability ID (UDID) portal for research purposes represents a significant leap in data-driven decision-making within the disability sector.
- This initiative provides invaluable insights at various levels, facilitating a deeper understanding and informing targeted interventions.
- PM Daksh Portal:
- It is a comprehensive digital platform designed to empower Persons with Disabilities in their pursuit of skill training and employment opportunities.
- The portal offers seamless registration through UDID, access to location-based skill training options, a wide array of job listings from across India, and streamlined administrative processes.
- Pathways to Access:
- Courts on Disability Rights: DEPwD has compiled notable judgments from India's Supreme Court and High Courts concerning disability rights into a comprehensive booklet.
- This resource serves as a valuable reference guide for persons with disabilities and stakeholders in the disability sector.
- Online Case Monitoring Portal by CCPD:
- The Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) has adopted a cutting-edge application for handling grievances filed by persons with disabilities.
- This initiative streamlines the entire process, making it paperless and efficient. Key features include seamless online complaint filing, automated reminders, and simplified hearing scheduling.
Q1) What is the Council of Architecture?
It is a statutory body in India that regulates the education and practice of architecture in the country. It was established under the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972, which came into force on September 1, 1972. The primary objective of the Council of Architecture is to ensure the high standards of architectural education and practice in India.