The University of Karachi and the Network of Organizations Working for People with Disabilities in Pakistan on Thursday signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) to empower differently-abled students through educational and employment opportunities.

According to the MoU, both parties would initiate a partnership for Pakistan and American Sign Language training programs. They have also agreed to build the capacity of organizations and institutions to achieve disability inclusion and collaborate to organize events for persons with disabilities to celebrate them and their achievements.

The KU and the Nowpdp would also work together in conducting sensitization training of teachers and students and differently-abled students would be enrolled from the University of Karachi for skill development and special education program.

The KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi and the President Nowpdp Amin Hashwani inked the MoU documents at a local hotel. The members of the KU Student’s Advisory Council were also present on this occasion.

Amin Hashwani briefed the KU delegation about the objectives and achievements of the Nowpdp and their plans to expand the working field with collaboration with the University of Karachi.

The KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi informed the Nowpdp members that the University of Karachi has been offering free-ship to differently-abled students and also conducting various activities on the campus for their wellbeing.

Amin Hashwani and Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi hoped that the collaboration of the Nowpdp and the KU would produce better results for the society and would provide a solid platform for the differently-able persons

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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