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Delhi University hostels yet to increase quota for disabled students

August 8, 2018

Looks like the Delhi University (DU) has missed the boat when it comes to implementing some of the rules under RPWD Act 2016.

Under the Act, 5% of seats in hostels in the DU campus must be reserved for students with disabilities. This is an increase from the 3%, which was the quota earlier.

However, many hostels in the DU, both at the university level as well as the colleges, are not following this. To highlight this, many disabled students held protests demanding that the admission process to hostels be done according to the new rules.

A group of disabled students also submitted a memorandum to the administration demanding the admission process be done as per the new reservation norms.

The students called the denial of seats illegal and a violation of their constitutional rights.

They allege that colleges with hostels are not just breaking the rules, but even hostels directly run by DU are giving just 3% seats to disabled students. Even the hostel prospectuses do not mention the number of percentage of seats reserved for disabled students. This leaves it open to misuse.

The protestors were led by a students' body Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS). The group has asked that the admission process to DU hostels be centralised. This will make it easier for disabled students to apply and reduce chances of misuse.

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