The disability chief commissioner’s office has issued a notice to the Indian Institute of Management, Indore to make allowances for a dyslexic student who failed her first year and was not allowed to take her exam again despite a plea by the human resource development ministry.
The management school turned down the ministry’s plea to allow the Mumbai student to repeat her exam on humanitarian grounds following her complaint that she failed because she was not given facilities given to people with dyslexia, a learning disability.The ministry asked IIM Indore this month to allow her to write the examination with facilities like a scribe, or a writer, calculator and additional time.
The disability commissioner’s office asked the management school to take action within 20 days, saying that admitting the student under the disability quota would be meaningless if no relaxation was given.
“Though the girl was admitted under the disability quota considering learning disability as a disability but by not granting her the relaxation/promotion the purpose of the admission will be meaningless,” the letter from deputy chief commissioner SS Sinha said.
The student, who suffers from dyslexia and attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder, got admission to the institute’s five-year Integrated Programme of Management (IPM) under the disability quota last year.
“IIM Indore has not provided the required facilities on the ground that she had not asked for them. However, it may be desirable to take a humanitarian view and allow her for re-examination under the prevailing rule,” the ministry said in its communication to the management school.
The institute turned down the ministry’s request on the grounds that the student’s mother was informed of her poor performance during the mid-term tests and she did not ask for special assistance for the annual exam.