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Delhi University admission process puts disabled students in a fix

June 9, 2018

Many disabled students across India score high marks in the Class 10 and 12 board exams. However, many of them find it difficult to get admissions into pioneer colleges in the country. The ideal example is the admission process for disabled students at Delhi University (DU)!

The Delhi University requires a certificate from a government hospital sttaing that the applicant has a disability. But the Delhi government is yet to notify the rules under the Rights of People with Disabilities Act 2016.

Hence, many disabled students who have autism, dyslexia, thalassemia and haemophilia are finding it difficult to go through the admissions process. Government hospitals are not ready to issue certificates for these disabilities.

An official from DU said that they do not want disabled children to go through hurdles. Hence, candidates need to submit only their medical prescriptions during the admission process. But this is temporary. Once classes begin on 19 June, they will have to provide the government certificate.

Earlier this year, officials had already raised this concern with the disability commissioner and the social welfare and health department of the Delhi government. But no action has been taken yet.

One of the parents of a candidate with autism said that she is worried for her child's future. Inspite of the child getting 85% in humanities, she has not got admission into the university.

Officials from DU have promised to find a permanent solution to the problem as soon as possible. But candidates and parents are wondering how long they will have to wait for a solution!

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