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Disabled students as socially backward as SC/ST,must get same admission benefit: HC

Holding that people suffering from disabilities are also equally socially backward,if not more,as SC/ST candidates,the Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Technological University to provide the same concession in marks for admitting disabled persons as applicable for SC/ST candidates.

Written by Jayant Sriram | New Delhi |
September 16, 2012 1:34:05 am

Holding that people suffering from disabilities are also equally socially backward,if not more,as SC/ST candidates,the Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Technological University (DTU) to provide the same concession in marks for admitting disabled persons as applicable for SC/ST candidates.

“We hold that the provision of giving only 5 per cent concession in marks to persons with disabilities (PWD) candidates as opposed to 10 per cent relaxation provided to SC/ST candidates is discriminatory and PWD candidates are entitled to same treatment,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said.

The court’s order came on a petition by Anamol Bhandari,a physically disabled student,who challenged the disparity in treatment between the two categories.

In his petition,Bhandari said he had passed his CBSE exam with 52.66 per cent. He said DTU had fixed its cut-off for general candidates at 60 per cent but had provided a relaxation of 10 per cent for SC/ST candidates and 5 per cent for PWD candidates.

The petitioner said though he had cleared his All India Engineering Entrance exam with a rank sufficient to gain admission to DTU,he could not get admission on the basis that his Class XII marks did not meet the cut-off.

He said if the relaxation given to PWD candidates was on a par with SC/ST candidates,then he have been eligible for admission.

The university contended that they were free to frame their own admission guidelines,being an autonomous body. It argued that the petitioner was aware when applying that he would be eligible for a 5 per cent relaxation.

However,when the bench asked the counsel for DTU whether there was any rational basis for fixing the limit of relaxation at 5 per cent for PWD candidates,no clear answer was given and the counsel merely said it was a “policy decision”.

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