Fergusson College students form Socio Club for helping visually-impaired studentsEducation, News — By The Desk on February 25, 2011 at 11:32 AM
Pune Mirror: During examinations, students with eyesight are stressed, but we visually impaired students get stressed about our writers,” says Sonali Borde, a First Year Arts students from Fergusson College. These students go through a tough time to find writers during their examinations, but the Socio Club of Fergusson College has come to their rescue.
Socio Club is made up of around 20 students whose main objective is to provide writers for blind students. The members of this group not only help students from Fergusson College, but also those from other colleges if required.
The initiative was started by Professor Sunita Gupta, who works as an assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy in 2006. Speaking to Mirror, Professor Gupta said, “The youth of today are concerned about society and take the initiative to make a difference.
Taking this into consideration, we started the socio-club. Through, this club the group started various activities like group discussion, debates, etc.”
When the students heard about the blind students concerns, they started a initiative called study circle in which they get recordings done for the visually impaired students and manage writers for them as well. “We know the plight of these students.
Frankly, these students do not need help, but are compelled to take a writer. Finding writers is a very difficult task for them and so we help them out. We schedule timings of the student and the writers,” says Professor Gupta. The group comprises young students who are still studying and some ex-students as well.
The club has also maintained a writers bank in which they have compiled contact details of the writers who volunteer. If a writer is not available due to prior commitments, then they help look for a substitute.
They also stay in touch with the writers. “We have not collaborated with other colleges, but if any student is in need of a writer, then we definitely help them,” adds Professor Gupta.
The writers play a vital role especially for visually-impaired children. Mirror got in touch with Ruta Paradkar, a third year student from Fergusson who is a Marathi writer. She says, “It feels like an achievement when you help.
You have to be very careful when you write for these students, because a small mistake on your part can cause a lot of trouble.” Ruta does not charge anything for her services.
She says that every blind student who comes to her wants to know how much the writer will charge. This is something that Ruta finds very disturbing.
Another writer Rachana Rajan, who is an active member of the Socio Club records notes for students. The Third Year Philosophy student says, “It feels great to work for these students. I write for them as well as record their notes.
We consider their requirements and are in constant touch with other writers as well. If we have any prior commitments, then we adjust accordingly.”
Visually impaired students speak
At Dr A S Apte Girls’ Hostel situated on Fergusson College Road has six blind girls living with them. Mirror got in touch with Sushma Pawar, who is presently appearing for her Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams and shared her problems with this reporter.
“We face major problems while searching for writers. We get recordings and other notes through which we study. However, finding a writer is a tough task. I am answering my exams from a Marathi medium, and students normally opt for the English medium. This makes getting a Marathi writer very difficult.”
Sushma is happy with the Socio Club which helps them find writers. Along with the Socio Club, Sushma is also delighted to have roomies who help her record notes for her exams and take up her studies as well.