Delhi University reserves 3% of the seats for people with disabilities, but whether the reservation would include people with “dyslexia” has become a major cause of concern among applicants.
During the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) admissions too, Delhi School of Economics (DSE) had sought clarification under which category people with dyslexia should be placed. The situation is similar at the Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC).
The problem has arisen because the government is not clear under which category dyslexia should be placed and this finds no mention in the Disability Rights Bill.
DU recognises three criteria that are mentioned in the centralised form as well. People with disability 1 stands for blindness and low vision, 2 for hearing impairment and 3 for locomotor disability and cerebral palsy.
“We, however, encourage all those aspiring to study at DU to apply. We have not turned down any applications of people with disabilities and have always tried to accommodate them,” said Bipin Kumar Tiwary, the officer on special duty (OSD) at EOC.
The other query is related to the disability certificate. DU only accepts certificates issued by different government hospitals.
“Since boards like Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) also accept certificates from private hospitals, this creates major confusion,” said Tewari.
Apart from answering these queries, EOC officials visited the National Association of Blind (NAB) to counsel students on the admission process.
Though these students were being encouraged to fill the application forms online, enough arrangements had been made in all eight centres for those wanting to apply offline.
The offline application process begins from June 5. Colleges have been asked to provide a separate space desk and NSS/NCC students to help and support people with disability. Colleges have been asked to provide a separate link of the information bulletin on the website in HTML format.
Colleges are required to conduct their admission process on the ground floor with provisions of wheel chairs.
Registrations to date
1,58,636: Total registrations
82,085: Fee deposited
55,406: General applicants
17,196: OBC candidates
7,799: SC candidates
1,532: ST candidates
64: Visually affected
26: Hearing impaired
82: Motor disability