My life should take a new turn. New city, new people, new friends.
This all should make me excited as I, Vishal Sawant (GD100277) got admission in one of the best design institute in country.
Its like a management student who wants to learn from IIM's. For a designer, getting admission into NID is a dream. My dream partly came true.
Yes you read it right. Partly.
I ve done my part.
I went to Mumbai to give 1st round of entrance test of NID. Then came the letter which mentioned that I cleared my 1st round. They invited me for the second round, it was in Ahmadabad, Gujarat. I went to Ahmadabad, stayed there for 3 days. Gave my written exam and personal interview. In next few days I got a letter from NID that I ve been selected for the Graphic Design course under PH category.
I am Physically Challenged / Disabled / Handicap whatever you like to say.
Let me take you back to the 2 days that I spent at NID campus. The campus is amazingly lavish. Greenery all around. You want to be there as you ll see creativity flowing at every nook and corner of the campus.
Day 1: It was my written test (you need to draw as well). I was made to sit at some office on the ground floor as there wasn't any elavator to go to the first floor. Staff was friendly and made all arrangements for me on the ground floor.
After the exam I realized that accessibility to wheelchair bound people is very limited in the campus. Now I wasn't sure that I would shift to NID.
Day 2: Personal Interview: It was on 1st floor. My helper got me there.
The jury was friendly and we had good discussion about designs and they saw my portfolio. Suddenly a question poped up,"How will you manage here. All the classess are on 1st and 2nd floor?" I din't wanted to sound that I know Laws. I said, I ll get a helper with me.
After the Interview I thought I ll see the campus. I use a electric wheelchair. I went to the boys hostel. There the watchman told me, you can't see the rooms as parking area is occupied on the ground floor. Rooms are on 1st floor to the 3rd / 4th floor. There is no Accessibility.
The main buildings too don't ve any lifts / elevators.
- If you ve specified that there is Physically Handicap Category, then why doesn't the campus wheelchair freindly?
- Why there are ramps on the ground floor, if you can't access the remaining building?
- Why there are no lifts to go to 1st and 2nd floors?
It doesnt matter you ve PH students or not. What matters is, are you ready for a PH student?
HRD ministry needs to define Right to Education.
That's your part to be done.
I hope you ll do it for future PH students.
But I ll surely miss the new turn in my life, new people, new city, new friends.
I really wanted to be there !
P.S no hate towards the Institute.
18.6.2012 UPDATE : I AM JOINING THE PG COURSE.