Delhi University is currently gearing up for the admission season. Soon after the results of the students who appeared for the board exams are released, the university will begin its admission process. In a welcome move, the Delhi University has reserved seats for the acid attack survivors from the next academic session.
The university is implementing the revised Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, according to which students with disabilities get 5 per cent reservation and not 3 per cent like the previous year. The university has included acid attack survivors in the category of physical disability.
As per a Hindustan Times report, as many as 2500 seats will be reserved for the students falling under the physical disability category. “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 dwarfism, which were not under the PwD (persons with disability) category earlier,” the daily quoted an official as saying.
The report further stated that the university has received at least 260 applications under the category of physical disability. Additionally, two more categories have been added under the physical disability category.
The five categories under the physical disability category include physical disability like visual impairment, hearing impairment, acid attack survivor, and dwarfism. People with specific learning disabilities like autism come under the intellectual disability category. Seats will also be reserved for students suffering from Parkinson’s, hemophilia and thalassemia.
“Following the UGC notification, we are planning to implement the revised Act. Also, this time we are giving more space to the disabled students in all fields, including hostel admissions,” New Indian Express quoted Anil K Aneja, Nodal Officer of the Equal Opportunity Cell, Delhi University as saying.