Delhi University’s Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) has decided to write to the dean of student’s welfare to ask him to ensure that colleges didn’t drastically increase the cut-offs for students applying under the 'people with physical disability' category. Sources said that the letter will essentially ask colleges to declare “realistic cut-offs” for students with disability.
“There will be only some 15-20 physically disabled students in the 95 and above bracket. But the colleges will still make that their base and release the cut-off. So the cut-off for disabled students would only be 2-3 percent lesser than that of the general candidates,” said Bipin Kumar Tiwari, officer on special duty at EOC.
This year St Stephen’s increased the cut-off for students with disability by almost 30 to 40 percent across all subjects, when compared to previous years.
“What St Stephen’s has done is totally discriminatory and not following the instruction in letter and spirit,” said Tiwari. So the EOC is going to analyze the applications and percentage of students with disability and then write the letter.
This year applications under the physically disabled category have increased substantially, from around 600 last year to 1,031 this year. The inclusion of dyslexia under the disabled category is being attributed as one reason in the increase of applications under this category.
“Dyslexia is one reason but it is also because of the fact that the university has been very pro-active to the needs of students,” said Tiwari.
Moreover since the varsity has also decided to consider applicants with dyslexia in the disability category, there is also the general fear that students with locomotor disability may face a disadvantage in terms of the cut-off.
According to a senior official at the EOC, students with dyslexia can grasp things well and usually score high in the boards.