Ray of hope for Himachal’s disabled students as Governor directs HPU to reserve 5% seats
Shimla: The fight of the disabled students of Himachal Pradesh for their right to education is still on as the university clearly denied admission to eligible students.
The students organized under the Disabled Students Association (DSA) and approached the administration after several disabled students faced disappointment during admission for the session 2017-18.
The students had also approached the Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Dev Vrat with a memorandum.
The Association was informed that the Government has directed the Himachal Pradesh University to reserve five percent seats for the disabled students as per the recently enacted Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act and to submit the action taken a report.
The demand was raised before the Governor by DSA in a memorandum submitted to him last month.
Satish Thakur, the convener of DSA, on August 24, said the university was supposed to implement the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2006 from the session 2017-18.
State Government didn’t implement it despite directions of the Central Government. The Act, passed on December 16, 2016, was supposed to be implemented across the country from April 19, 2017. However, the HP University didn’t adhere to the guidelines and failed to implement the new Act.
The Section 32 of the Act clearly defines that all government institutions and other institution of higher education “shall reserve not less than five percent seats’ for the disabled students. He said this quota shall be given each year in all courses and in hostel accommodation.
While other universities like the Jawahar Lal Nehru, Delhi, has implemented the Act, HPU still sticks to the old roster. Several disabled students faced disappointment as they were told the reserved seats were already full. The students were told the varsity has not yet implemented the new Act.
According to Satish, the university has been depriving the disabled students of their constitutional rights.
Some students were forced by the university to approach the High Court for admission and hostel accommodation, said Satish.
The main objective of our Association is to make university community aware of legal rights of the disabled students and create an atmosphere where disabled students are not discriminated,
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