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Title: Accessibility Planning for Higher Education Campuses in India: A Contextual Approach to Universal Design
Authors: Raheja, Gaurav
Hajela A.
Verma I.
Published in: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Universal Design, UD 2021
Abstract: Accessibility in higher education campuses of India paves way for inclusion.This paper shares perspectives from three diverse campuses from India and highlights the accessibility paradigms in their respective contexts. It further elaborates the contextual measures of accessibility and universal design from these examples with larger focus on physical attributes of accessibility. Challenges of historic and mixed use campus alongwith high ecological footprint pose distinct perspectives to accessible built environments in higher education. Comparative understanding of accessibility through structured metrics and mapping with Universal Design goals leads to development of a framework to assess and guide universal design approach in higher education in similar contexts. It argues that Universal design approach requires a contextual interpretation for contexts like these and may reflect new interpretations to existing theories. New Education Policy by the Government of India and Covid'19 as pandemic have furthered the need and understanding of accessibility in higher education with some degree of universaliaton and some degree of contextualization. © 2021 The authors and IOS Press.
Citation: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (2021), 282: 161-175
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: IOS Press BV
Keywords: Accessibility Planning
Higher Education
Universal Design
ISBN: 9.78E+12
ISSN: 9269630
Author Scopus IDs: 56201927000
Author Affiliations: Raheja, G., Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India
Hajela, A., Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India
Funding Details: Jamia Hamdard University (JHU) was established in the year 1962 in New Delhi by the then Prime Minister of India funded by a private Trust foundation. Like the other two cases, this university continues to be a university of excellence in the education of pharmacy primarily. However, it has grown into a full fledged university with engineering, basic sciences and medicine as it’s other domains of academic expansion.
Corresponding Author: Raheja, G.; Department of Architecture and Planning, India
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