LAHORE - Punjab University Department of Special Education arranged a one-day seminar on “Empowering the Persons with Disabilities: Success Stories” in connection with International Day of People with Disabilities.

Faculty of Education and Commerce Dean Prof Liaqat Ali was the chief guest of the seminar on behalf of the vice chancellor.

Addressing the seminar, Department of Special Education incharge Dr Humaira Bano said the seminar was a source of awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities on equal basis. She also highlighted that after the rectification of United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNRCPD) by state of Pakistan in June 2012 at Islamabad, it’s the duty of all community members to provide education to all persons with disabilities.

Prof Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal was of the view that an attitude of independency should be developed among the persons with disabilities rather to beg for free services as it may enhance the confidence and dignity of persons with disabilities.  All other speakers also congratulated the department for arranging this important seminar to aware the society about the needs/rights of children with disabilities.

Prof Liaqat Ali congratulated Dr Bano and his team for arranging such a seminar to sensitise the community for the rights of persons with disabilities. Similar funcitons, rallies and seminar were held in the City to mark the day. 

He said the Punjab University was the only university which was providing education and boarding facilities to special persons and more facilities would be provided soon.

Later, Dr Rukhsana Bashir presented vote of thanks to all distinguish guests and students with special needs who participated from other departments.

Shafiqur Rehman, Aamir Mushtaq, Dr Waqar Chaudhary, Prof Mumtaz Akhtar, and other heads of the various departments also participated in the function.