Since its proper beginning in the year 2011, the University has made constant efforts to take care of the special learners of the University. As a result, in the year 2012-13 itself a learner support centre was opened at AADARSH KARAGAAR, SITARGANJ (model jail at Sitarganj). Through this effort, the University was able to support the prisoners who were to be released soon and as such based on their good conduct they were shifted to this model jail at Sitarganj. No fee was being charged from these learners. Later, somehow on account of some problems at the level of the jail authorities, this LSC had to be closed but recently the arrangements have been made to open some new LSCs for jail inmates in other jails of Uttarakhand.
Since the year 2012-13 itself the University had tried to penetrate amongst the minorities (especially women) at Mangalore (Near Roorkee) and Haldwani and these efforts are continuing even now. Programs in Urdu language and literature are available for the benefit of the learners of the minority community.
The University made persistent efforts toobtain the programs of the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) in order to train the teachers who will be able to teach the differently abled learners of the State. After the University’s association with this program (B.ed Special education), the University could get its activities directed towards the learners and other people who are differently abled (spastic children, children with learning disabilities, and acid victim women). Many workshops for such children and other stakeholders were organized at different locations in the state and as such the University was able to create some additional awareness about these special people.
The other important groups of special learners in Uttarakhand are the tribal people and the women. Some areas of Uttarakhand bordering with China, Nepal and Himanchal Pradesh are predominantly tribal and the University has always tried to reach to this population of the State. Earlier tribals used to join general LSCs but now two LSCs have been earmarked for the tribal people and one learner support centre has been earmarked for women. It has been decided by the University to allow a concession of 15% of the program fee to the learners enrolled at these special LSCs. If war widows take admission in this LSC for women, no program fee shall be charged from them and the women who are DIVYANG will also be allowed a concession to the extent of 50%.
List of special learner support centers is given as web link to this metric.