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Disabled say new format not so friendly

The road to Delhi University has become tougher for students with disabilities,as extraordinarily high cut-offs and the new decentralised mode of admissions has left them with little hope of pursuing a subject of their choice.

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi |
June 30, 2013 4:58:53 am

The road to Delhi University has become tougher for students with disabilities,as extraordinarily high cut-offs and the new decentralised mode of admissions has left them with little hope of pursuing a subject of their choice.

The cut-offs for PWD category has followed the trend for those of the general category – at Hindu College it is 96-99 per cent for Commerce and 94.75-97 for English. Similarly,in science courses,Venkateswara’s cut-off for Physics is 95 per cent,while Hansraj has kept 93.75 per cent for Mathematics.

Jatin,a visually challenged student who wants to pursue BCom (H) from Venkateswara College,is not getting any college based on the first list,but is hopeful of clearing Shaheed Bhagat Singh in the second list.

Another visually challenged student,Mayank Agarwal who scored 82 per cent in Class XII,said: “I wanted to pursue English (H),but am only getting Hindi (H).”

The new decentralised mode of registrations too has posed a problem for these students. Till last year,DU had a centralised system,wherein these students filled out admission forms,indicating their preferred subjects and colleges. Depending on those preferences and vacancies at colleges,the university would direct them to colleges.

This year,colleges have declared separate cut-offs for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) category and students have to go to individual colleges to secure admissions. Most students were not aware about this change. “ I got to know about it from a friend just a couple of days back,” Mayank said.

“I don’t mind running around as long as someone gives me the answers,but the trouble is no one does. They keep directing you from one office to another,” Jatin said. “I have been to five colleges,but I still don’t know which documents to carry for admission.”

Before the admission season began,all colleges had been given a set of guidelines for the PWD category. One of the guidelines included setting up of a special help desk for PWD candidates,but Mayank claimed not a lot of colleges were following the directive.

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