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Supreme Court will soon pass an order on making higher educational institutions accessible


On Tuesday, the Supreme Court said that it would pass an order on a plea seeking to make higher education institutions physically accessible for disabled students.

Much awaited order by SC on accessibility in higher educational institutions

The bench said that it would pass certain directions on the issue and give some time for them to be followed through.

The court was hearing a plea filed by an organisation called Disabled Rights Group in 2006, pushing the case of a disabled girl who is 100% wheelchair bound.

The girl wanted to study law but could not do so at the National Law University. She managed to gain admission in a private university.

Provisions of laws relating to disabled students not followed

The private university does not have facilities for disabled students despite a law which makes this compulsory. She had to stay in a hostel in a shared room with two other students, the bathroom did not have a ramp and there was no escort facility in the hostel .

By law, certain guidelines have to be followed but these are not followed by higher educational institutions.

The bench said there is no tracking or monitoring whether these institutes are providing 3% reservation to the disabled students. Nor is there a reporting mechanism for the institutes.

The bench said it would pass an order relating to - provision of reservation in higher educational institutions for disabled, all educational institutions being made physically accessible for disabled and the scope of several provisions of the RPWD Act.

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