Svayam and School of Planning and Architecture Delhi enter into an MoU to promote Universal Accessibility

New Delhi | 05 March 2020

To promote Universal Accessibility through curriculum intervention and teacher- students sensitization, Svayam on 05 March 2020 signed an exclusive Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), Delhi – a premier higher education institute under Ministry of Human Resource Development, India specializing in education and research, and recognized as the National Centre of Excellence in the fields of Planning and Architecture.

Posing for a photograph after signing of MoU, (from Right to Left, Ms. Sminu Jindal, Founder- Svayam & MD, Jindal SAW Ltd., Prof. Anil Dewan, Head, Department of Building Engineering & Management, SPA Delhi, Prof. (Dr.) P.S.N. Rao, Director, SPA Delhi  and Mr. Subhash Chandra Vashishth, Director, Svayam
(From R to L) Ms. Sminu Jindal, Prof. Anil Dewan, Prof. (Dr.) P.S.N. Rao, Mr. Subhash Chandra Vashishth

The partnership would help ingraining Accessibility in curriculum of architectural courses in the premier institution, so as to sensitize and expose the future professionals to the need and mandate of incorporating universal design and accessibility in the environment to be usable by all.

On this occasion, Prof. (Dr.) P.S.N. Rao, Director, SPA Delhi, Prof. Anil Dewan, Head, Department of Building Engineering & Management, SPA Delhi, Ms. Sminu Jindal, Founder- Svayam & MD, Jindal SAW Ltd. and Mr. Subhash Chandra Vashishth, Director, Svayam were present.

Commenting on the collaboration, Ms. Sminu Jindal, Founder, Svayam, said: “Svayam has always been proactive in collaborating with institutions & organizations, both Govt. & private, to achieve the objectives of accessibility. This partnership will help promote friendship for mutually beneficial objectives. We believe that this will not only help in sensitising teachers & students but will also inspire other premier institutions, especially design and architecture ones, to replicate this model and help build an Accessible & Inclusive India.”

Mr. Subhash Chandra Vashishth, Director, Svayam, added: “Svayam & SPA, Delhi have agreed to encourage co-operation in the field of Universal Accessibility. As part of MoU, Svayam will also conduct “Faculty Development (Teacher’s Training) Program” for the teachers of SPA every year and encourage more research projects on Universal Design and different aspects of making design more inclusive to the human diversity that gets left out in the traditional design. The effort will be to add mandatory sessions in all the graduate courses”

It is also proposed that Svayam and SPA will jointly run an elective course on universal accessibility. Besides this, Svayam shall also provide short-term student internships for the Students of SPA, Delhi, as a part of this MoU.

About Equal Opportunities

Svayam - Global Centre for Inclusive Environments, is an initiative of Sminu Jindal Charitable Trust based at New Delhi, India and works for promoting dignity for people with reduced mobility. It advocates an enabling and accessible environment for all. Walkability, Urban Mobility, Green & Inclusive mobility, Accessible Transportation system, Accessible Tourism and Accessible Public Infrastructure and accessible Information and Communication Technologies are few areas it works with special focus to make communities more inclusive and liveable. Svayam is also the Permanent Secretariat for TRANSED Series of Conferences (www.transedconferences.com) under the aegis of Transportation Research Board of National Academies, USA. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook at @SvayamIndia and on Instagram as @svayam_india
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