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Four-year DU course: SC expresses reservation over interfering

PTI  New Delhi, May 27, 2013
First Published: 20:31 IST(27/5/2013) | Last Updated: 20:31 IST(27/5/2013)

The Supreme Court on Monday expressed reservation over interfering in the four-year undergraduate programme with multiple degrees introduced by the Delhi University but said that it would pass direction to ensure that all facilities are provided to visually challenged students.

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A bench of justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra said, "These are policy matters and the court should not interfere in it."

It, however, directed the university to file an affidavit stating what facilities they are providing to visually challenged students who approached the apex court alleging that their concerns were not taken into consideration by the varsity while devising the course.

"Look into the issues raised by them and file an affidavit on what facilities you are providing to them," the bench said in its direction to the university and posted the matter for hearing on May 29.

The court was hearing a plea filed by an NGO Sambhavana alleging that visually challenged student would not be able to meet the requirements of the foundation course in the first year of the programme as it contained a bouquet of 11 courses which included mandatory Building Mathematical Ability and Science and Life.

Sambhavana, a registered society working for the welfare of differently abled students, said, "If the four-year undergraduate programme with multiple degrees is introduced in its present form, the student with vision impairment will suffer irreparable loss as they shall not be able to participate in the main stream education system."


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