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Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University
जगद्गुरु रामभद्राचार्य विकलांग विश्वविद्यालय
JRHU
The main building of Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University on August 14, 2010 with the Indian national flag hoisted
Motto Sanskrit: सेवाधर्मः परमगहनः
Motto in English
The duty of service is most difficult.
Type Private University
Established September 27, 2001
Chairman Jagadguru Rambhadracharya
Chancellor Jagadguru Rambhadracharya
Vice-Chancellor Prof. B. Pandey
Location
Chitrakoot
,
Uttar Pradesh
,
India

25°10′02″N 80°50′02″E / 25.16722°N 80.83389°E / 25.16722; 80.83389Coordinates: 25°10′02″N 80°50′02″E / 25.16722°N 80.83389°E / 25.16722; 80.83389
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC, AIU

Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University (JRHU) is a private university in Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh, India. This is the only university exclusively for the disabled in India and the world.

It was established on 27 September 2001 by Jagadguru Rambhadracharya and is run by the Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Viklang Shikshan Sansthan trust. The university was created by an ordinance by the Uttar Pradesh government. The act appointed Jagadguru Rambhadracharya as the lifelong chancellor.

History

On 23 August 1996, Swami Rambhadracharya established the Tulasi School for the Blind in Chitrakoot. After this, he decided to establish an institution of higher learning solely for disabled students. With this aim, he founded the Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University on 27 September 2001 in Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh. The foundation stone was laid on 2 April 2001. The university was inaugurated by on 26 July 2011. The planned name was Chitrakoot Handicapped University (CHU), but later Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University was chosen.

Admission

Admissions are restricted to the four types of disabled students: visually impaired, hearing impaired, mobility impaired and mentally impaired, as defined by the Disability Act (1995) of the Government of India. 354 disabled students were awarded degrees in the second convocation of the university held in March 2010. In the third convocation held in January 2011, 388 students were awarded degrees. All of the facilities, such as classrooms, hostel, laboratory, etc are accessible and adapted for the disabled. An International Ramcharitmanas Research Center is in the university.

Courses

The university offers graduate, post-graduate and doctorate degrees in courses such as Sanskrit, Hindi, English, Sociology, Psychology, Fine Arts, Special education, Education, History, Culture & Archeology, Computer & Information Sciences, Vocational Education, Law, Economics, and Prosthetics and Orthotics It plans to start offering courses in Ayurveda and Medical Sciences from 2013.

Special features for the disabled

JRHU was designed to ensure greater accessibility for the disabled to higher education. Students are provided with a disabled-friendly campus and classrooms, at an affordable cost. Courses in basic Sanskrit and computer skills are mandatory. Courses are available in Braille for visually impaired students. A hostel facility meeting special needs of disabled students is provided, including those of the visually and hearing impaired. The hostel facility is provided by the university.

To reach out to students with limited mobility, the university offers distance education programs online, recognised by the Distance Education Council, New Delhi. Like other programs at the university, these are available only for the disabled.

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