On March 3, 2021, in Delhi, India, Keystone Human Services International (KHSI) and the University of Lucknow (LU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create an elective course on Disability Studies. The MoU was signed by LU Vice-Chancellor Professor Alok Kumar Raj and Keystone Institute India Director Elizabeth Neuville. KHSI, a subsidiary of Harrisburg PA-based Keystone Human Services, has been working in India, providing training, education, consultation, and technical support to NGOs, educational institutes, and governmental agencies.
This partnership comes from a long association between Keystone Institute India and Dr. Ranu Uniyal, renowned poet and Head of the Department of English and Modern European Languages at the University of Lucknow. Dr. Uniyal and Elizabeth Neuville have collaborated on projects since 2017, and this new institutional linkage will spark even broader change towards a more inclusive India.
“The University of Lucknow, in collaboration with Keystone Human Services International, has created a value-added elective course on “Disability Studies,” which is functional at the department of English and Modern European Languages,” reports LU spokesperson Durgesh Srivastava.
“We are delighted to partner with Lucknow University,” says Neuville. “Working together on the development of the Disability Studies curriculum will promote understanding of inclusive practices across India.”
The partnership will begin with a year-long development phase, and the course will premiere in January 2022 for post-graduate students of all disciplines.
KHS is a multi-national human services organization based in Harrisburg, PA. KHS operates in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware and the Republic of Moldova, and the Republic of India, providing advocacy, services, and supports in mental health, autism, and intellectual, developmental, and cognitive disability. KHS also provides services through Susquehanna Service Dogs and Capital Area Head Start. More information can be found at KHS.org.