They are supposed to be a category of students who are supposed to cruise through admissions on the wings of reservation, but very few know of the perseverance that lies behind a physically challenged person’s admission in an institute of higher education.
What’s changing is also the academic profile of these students — many of them high fliers despite severe physical problems. The top 10 who have made it to Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) scored more than 83% marks in their board exams.
In fact, the student with the highest percentage, Malvika Iyer, had secured 97% marks in her best four subjects. That was more than enough to get the Tamil Nadu Board student into BA (H) Economics at SRCC in the first list.
The fact that she gets 9 marks weightage on account of her disability is incidental. “That takes her Board exam score to 106%. But she would have got through the best colleges without any reservation.
"She has 60% locomotor disability and her physical movements are severely restricted,” said S K Vij, dean students’ welfare (DSW) at DU. About 20 per cent of the students seeking admission to Delhi University college under the disabled category have secured above 80% marks in the Class XII exams.
On Thursday, the DSW office released a list of 287 students with physical impairments for admission in DU colleges. Over 200 collected their admission slips on the same day.
“Reserved category students have only three days to secure their admission. If they fail to do so, they don’t get a second chance,” said a DU official.