Delhi University has a 3% reservation for differently-abled students under the physically handicapped category.
Any student seeking admission to the varsity under the said category should get him/herself registered with the Dean, Student’s Welfare. The seats offered under the quota are supernumerary – which means these are over and above the total seats offered by the university.
If not filled, these seats are not offered to the general category.
This year, the university had on offer 1600 seats for these students. According to Javed Abidi, director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP): “It is a shame that even after 16 years of having a law for the disabled students, more than 50% seats reserved for the disabled go vacant in the University of Delhi, whichcaters to students from across the country.
“Basic issues like transportation and accessibility also remain the primary concerns of the differently-abled students even today,” Abidi adds.
A closer look at the numbers would reveal that whatever increase we see every year is extremely marginal.
Those with BCom, math, get placed
Subjects, unfortunately, matter when it comes to campus placements for the differently-abled. “At LSR, the maximum placements
happen in statistics, economics, maths and BCom. Considering that a lot of disabled students don’t have these subjects, it becomes very difficult to get them placed,” says Ujjaini Ray, media coordinator, Lady Shri Ram College for Women.
However, Javed Abidi of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled people does not discount the fact that things seem to be looking up for differently-abled students. He says, “Today, the differently-abled have many options to choose from. Although it is difficult to find jobs mainly because of issues like accessibility and required education, one can witness a shift in the profile of roles and attitude of employers towards the disabled. New industries are opening up for them from the hospitality industry, IT and media, to design. So, apart from the 3% reservation in the government set-up, they can also contribute to the private sector.”