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Official apathy forces blind student in Meghalaya to give up her dream of further education


The northeastern part of India is especially behind when to comes to education facilities for people with disabilities. This prevents many in this region from pursuing higher education.

Poor higher education facilities in North East India forces many to drop out

This has come to light once again in the case of Bertina Lyngdoh, who is the first blind student in Meghalaya to get a master’s degree in English from the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU). She has been trying to enrol in a Ph.D program for over three years. But the indifference of the university and the government has forced this 27-year-old teacher to give up on her dream.

Lyngdoh says that she had trusted the NEHU to help her out but there was no response. She also says that she has many other friends facing the same situation. Some even dropped out of graduation but she persisted because she was determined to study.

North Eastern Hill University is a Central University

None of the colleges in Shillong and NEHU has Braille facilities. The NEHU says it has asked for amenities for disabled students, like the IITs and other central universities have made. The NEHU is also a central university and is entitled to the same.

Under PM Modi, many promises have been made for the disabled, but the ground reality remains different.



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