Best Practices of the institution
Title of the Practice: Inclusivity in Education
The college believes that an equitable access to social opportunities of education is critical to the growth and development of every nation. Education at LSR is infused with the value of humanism and a respect for individual differences.
Student diversity in classrooms is on the rise. Classrooms are more heterogeneous than ever with respect to region, religion and economic backgrounds. This is a positive development for the teaching-learning processes as diversity brings with it greater opportunities for learning. In order to translate these opportunities into reality it is important to create inclusive teaching-learning spaces. LSR REACH (Reaffirming Access, Equity, Capacity and Humanism) programme plays a critical role in this endeavour.
REACH has been active throughout 2017-18, working constantly towards making LSR a space of inclusivity. Swavalamban is a resource centre in college for differently-abled students, particularly for those with visual disabilities. It provides access to assistive technology and equipment including the Everest–D Braille Embosser, Screen Reading Software, Lex-Talk Scanner, Book Scanners, DAISY Recorders and Players and OCR software for English and Hindi. The resource centre also has ten computer systems that facilitate the work of both English and Hindi discipline students. REACH works with the Equal Opportunity Cell of DU, to ensure that students have access to reading material, laptops and other recording devices provided by the University.
Faculty members of college seek to create appropriately designed pedagogies to cater to students with disabilities. There is also an effort to maintain infrastructural facilities to assist in the mobility of persons with disability. These include ramps, elevators, tactile floored pathways and specially designed washrooms. Special scholarships and other financial support schemes facilitated by the college provide further support to students with disabilities.
Evidence of Success
REACH has been organising various events for students with disabilities every year. Highlights of the last year include the following:
Title of the Practice: At Home in the World
- With the assistance of KMPG, instructor Sandeep Garg was invited to teach the students about the “White Cane” and demonstrate to them its usage. The workshop was spread over 3 sessions on consecutive Saturdays, with a participation of around 10 students. Mr. Garg explained the technique of holding the cane, and using it to detect obstacles in the path. Students were also shown how the cane could aid them while climbing a flight of stairs.
- REACH in collaboration with the department of Political Science hosted Dr. Renu Addlakha in college. Dr. Addlakha is a professor and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies. The lecture centred around the intersection of “Gender and Disability”.
- REACH held an accessibility audit around the college campus. The objective of this activity was to identify areas in college which were an obstacle to easy mobility. By the end of this year, ramps have been constructed at two additional spaces on the college campus.
- The annual inclusive fest of REACH- Parwaaz ’18 was held at the beginning of 2018. It included a variety of events for the participants including a talent hunt, creative writing competitions, a debate and a quiz competition.
LSR aspires to nurture world citizens with a cosmopolitan perspective which reconciles the ability to follow global trends in a way that compliments local sensibilities. The college is conscious of the need to facilitate partnerships and collaborations with institutions of higher learning across the world.
As the world is rapidly shrinking, education is undergoing a process of internationalisation. More and more students are now receiving education in countries other than their country of origin. Classrooms with students of different nationalities offer a number of advantages in an increasingly globalised world. It is in line with this significant trend that LSR hopes for a greater number of global collaborations as part of its teaching-learning process.
LSR’s Office of International Programmes has been extremely active this year. Collaborations in various forms have occurred with a number of foreign universities. The details have been presented below.
Evidence of Success
In terms of collaborative academic engagements, LSR celebrated International Women’s Day in 2018 through an enriching cultural and intellectual interaction. A team of 35 delegates from Asia, Africa and Latin American countries attended and participated in the discussions. Ten students accompanied by faculty from Soka University, Japan were also present. The Japenese students put up a cultural performance that was highly appreciated. Further, LSR had the privilege of hosting a 100-member Youth Delegation from Bangladesh for an interactive session with the faculty and students. The tour was organised on the initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
In addition to these activities, the Office of International Programs organised talks by distinguished faculty from universities abroad as well as lectures and presentations from universities wishing to collaborate with LSR. These included an interactive session with the Russel Group University representatives from the University of Bristol, University of Leeds, Queen Mary University London and King’s College London. While strengthening existing collaborations, LSR hosted a series of meetings for prospective collaborations. The college was visited by— Mr. R. Marc Johnson, Senior Executive Director for Global Affairs, University of Virginia Dardan School of Business, USA, Ms. Janna Behrens Director, Education Abroad at Amherst College, USA, Prof. Sharon Pickering and Dr. Mridula Nath Chakraborty from Monash University, Australia and Mr. Ranjan Daniels, Associate Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago.
LSR College hosted three exchange students from Middlebury College, USA and one student from La Trobe University, Australia—for durations ranging from one semester to a year. A large number of students from LSR have been nominated for collaborative programmes in Universities abroad.