PAHAL'18, Hans Raj College's festival of inclusion, offers a mix of fun & practical steps forward
PAHAL’18, the annual festival on inclusion, held at Hans Raj College in Delhi University, ended on a high note.
There were fun events as well as suggestions made to enable better access for disabled students at the university premises.
PAHAL was started in 2012 by the Enabling Unit & Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) of Hans Raj college. The purpose of this annual festival is promote inclusion among students.
Newz Hook was a media partner of PAHAL’18, which was held over two days.
We are committed to an untiring endeavor to achieve inclusion and our college will keep making much more efforts for better facilities to disabled students - Dr. Rama Sharma, Principal of Hans Raj College
Day 2 of PAHAL’18 kicked off with an Open Mic event. This was an opportunity for disabled students to talk about their needs and demands.
The topic for debate was Practical Solutions for the Inclusion of PwDs.
Disabled students said the lack of an adequate transport system to travel from their homes to colleges and back, was a major barrier. This made it hard for them to do the daily commute and participate in classes and activities.
This was followed by a Slam Poetry event. The topic of recitation was, Empathize not Sympathize.
The biggest crowd was seen in the second half for the day. For the event, In Their Shoes. This was a mix of fun games, designed specially to get all students involved.
There were games like ‘One leg Golgappa Eating’, ‘Blindfolded Lemon Race’, ‘Lip Syncing’, ‘One Hand Golf Target’ and ’One Eye Dart’. It was no wonder that so many students lined up for this event!
The idea of designing such games was that the disabled and non-disabled participants get to interact and take part in the spirit of a healthy competition – Simran Chawla, President, Enabling Unit, Hans Raj College
In keeping with the spirit of inclusion, PAHAL is kept open to students, disabled and non-disabled, from all colleges of the Delhi University. It offers a rare and much needed opportunity to bond, share ideas, and break down barriers, all in the spirit of fun and purpose.