In a welcome move, the Delhi University has decided to reserve seats in its undergraduate courses for acid attack survivors, students suffering from thalassemia and dwarfism. Till last year, the university reserved 3% of its seats in all colleges and courses for PwD applicants. Now, in accordance with the revised Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, which gives not less than 5% reservation to students with disabilities taking admissions in institutes of higher education, the University has increased that percentage to 5%. These seats are supernumerary, which means they are over and above the sanctioned strength of a college.
The university expanded the list to include physical disability, intellectual disability (a condition characterised by significant limitation both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behaviour), mental illness, disability caused due to chronic neurological conditions and blood disorders.
This means DU will reserve at least 2,500 seats for differently abled applicants. “The move is aimed at encouraging more students with physical and mental challenges to pursue higher education. There are many more categories that will be covered now, including thalassemia and dwarfisim, which were not under the PwD (persons with disability) category earlier,” said the official.
“It’s a welcome move, which will help acid attack survivors to come into the mainstream and fight the stigma, but the government also needs to concentrate on their rehabilitation. The majority of them have been forced to leave the education mid-way and the government has not done enough to re-institutionalize them into the education system,” Ria Sharma, founder Make Love Not Scars, told News 18.
Adapted and Sourced from: Hindustan Times