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Bus for disabled lying unused, students suffer

delhi Updated: Jun 08, 2010 00:24 IST
Mallica Joshi

The Delhi University has on offer more than 1,500 seats for the physically-challenged students but not a single medium to take them to the venue of the application procedure.

The Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC), a body that addresses problems faced by disabled students, though, has a bus especially for the disabled students, which is currently parked at the office of the Dean, Students’ Welfare for more than a month now.

EOC bought the bus in July last year. “The bus plies when the session is on but there is a gap during the admission session. Also, not many people know that we have a bus for the disabled students. There needs to be more awareness,” said Dr Chandra Nisha Singh, officer on special duty, EOC.

But insiders claim that the bus is not plying as a driver has still not been appointed for the purpose. “The bus would have been a big boon for the disabled students but there is no driver to drive the bus. The EOC has not made the bus available,” said a student volunteer, who does not want to be named.

For physically challenged Abhilash Sharma (name changed), reaching the office of the Dean, Student’s Welfare, to fill the DU application form is a struggle. “I cannot board an auto or a cycle rickshaw because of my wheelchair and have no choice but to hire a taxi for the day,” he says. A resident of Rajouri Garden, Sharma finds it easy to travel by the Metro.

“But it is a problem travelling beyond the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station,” he adds. The university has also scheduled medical checkups for the disabled students at the University Health Centre but there has not provided any conveyance for that either.

“We did not receive a list of students who registered, from the Office of the Dean, Students’ Welfare. Had we known where the students live, we could have assigned pick-up points,” said Singh.