Inclusive education has become the buzz word in the society in present times. The principle of inclusive education was adopted at the “World Conference on Special Needs Education: Access and Quality” in Salamanca, Spain 1994 and was restated at the World Education Forum (Dakar, Senegal 2000). The idea of inclusion is further supported by the United Nation’s Standard Rules on Equalization of Opportunities for Person with Disability Proclaiming Participation and equality for all. In India, inclusiveness begin with the National Policy on Education, 1986 (NPE, 1986), and the Programme of Action (1992) stresses the need for integrating children with special needs with other groups.
Amidst this drive for inclusivity, New Alipore College has been working relentlessly to make education accessible to all and facilitate a favourable environment. The college has a student in Physics department who is physically challenged (amputee). The boy is provided immense support from the department and his friends. The college authority has decided to bear the cost of his college education. One of our teaching faculty has movement impairment. The college authority has allotted all her classes at the ground floor. Infact the meeting room in the college has been shifted to the ground floor so that the said teacher can access it and make her presence in all the meetings.
Apart from these initiatives the various departments of New Alipore College has visited many organizations and interacted with the kids with special needs to generate awareness. The Education department has taken their students to Indian Institute of Mother and Child welfare. The English department has visited Manovikas Kendra, Kolkata and Rehabilatation Centre for Children, Kolkata The department of Political Science has taken up an awareness drive and are regularly interacting with the students of Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy .To make their departmental students realize the importance of inclusivity the Department volunteered in their various activities of income generation.