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Sheila promises help

delhi Updated: Dec 04, 2009 01:34 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla
Jaya Shroff Bhalla
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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit promised to find a solution for the 22-year-old woman who is a dyslexic and is pursuing a diploma course in architecture assistantship from Rao Tula Ram Polytechnic, affiliated to Board of Technical Education (BTE).

A day after Hindustan Times spoke to the chief minister regarding her inability to earn her diploma in architecture owing
to her learning disorder, Dikshit invited her for talks at her official residence.

She promised that steps would be taken as soon as possible and that she would not suffer because of her disability.

“The chief minister offered me a variety of options, namely grace marks, extra time, additional attempts, etc. She asked her secretary to take up the matter with the BTE immediately,” said Meera Sharma (name changed), who suffers from dyslexia, a learning disorder.

“Yes, I met the girl to understand her problem,” said Dikshit, who is also the chairperson of the board.

“I also discussed her case with the BTE. I gave them two options, firstly to give her more time (until February) to prepare for her exam or somebody to write her exam as she dictates the answers. But the final decision rests with the BTE," she said.

Sharma who wants to be an architect has cleared 22 of 23 papers of Architecture Assistantship diploma course.

Despite three attempts in five years, Sharma has failed to crack the theory paper on history of architecture.

Going by the BTE rulebook, students have to clear all the papers within five years, failing to which their diploma stands cancelled.

CM also said that the Delhi government and BTE were considering having provisions for people with special needs. “Yes, we are considering the option for giving provisions to students with special needs. But these things take time,” she said.

BTE officials also met on Thursday to discuss the issue.

HT could not reach Rajendra Kumar, secretary, BTE despite several calls to his office.