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DU assures HC on needs of challenged

Harish V Nair , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 04, 2013
First Published: 02:19 IST(4/7/2013) | Last Updated: 02:21 IST(4/7/2013)

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday extracted an assurance from Delhi University (DU) that all grievances of visually-impaired students, especially regarding mandatory courses in mathematics and science, will be addressed before the commencement of the four-year programme later this month.

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Delhi University informed the court that 362 visually impaired students have secured admission for the course.

"All recommendations of an empowered committee will be implemented and it will be ensured that such students do not face any problem in pursuing the course," senior lawyer Pinky Anand, appearing for DU, told a bench headed by acting chief justice BD Ahmed.

Anand said special reading material in mathematics and science, other methodological support, laptops with special software will be made available for such students. She said visually-challenged teachers in all colleges were also being consulted on how to make things easy for such students.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Sambhavna challenging implementation of the course in its present form. Terming the course discriminatory, its lawyer Pankaj Sinha contended the visually-challenged students will be left out of the mainstream education system. The NGO raised objections on various counts, chief among them was that two mandatory foundation courses based on mathematics and science would be a hurdle for visually-challenged students.

Sinha, a visually impaired lawyer, told the court that students with visual impairment are exempt from studying science and math after class 8 in some cases and after class 10 in most cases. He said with the university making these foundation courses compulsory, it would be unfair to the students if arrangements are not made.


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