While thousands of students vie for a seat in Delhi University, a large percentage of seats go vacant every year. These seats, reserved for physically handicapped (PH) aspirants, remain vacant due to low awareness and lack of hostel facilities for disabled students.
This year, DU has received only 504 applications for the 1,600 seats reserved under this quota. While this is higher than the number of applications received last year, a lot remains to be done to make up for the shortfall.
This problem is greater in off-campus or lesser known colleges.
Kamla Nehru College has 14 seats reserved for the physically handicapped, but only two applicants have taken admission this year.
Geetesh Nirban, media coordinator at Kamla Nehru College, cites lack of awareness as the main reason behind these dismal figures. “There is an urgent need for social awakening to combat this problem. People need to be informed for them to avail these provisions,” said Nirban.
Gargi College is facing a similar situation, with only one candidate seeking admission to its 28 seats reserved for the disabled.
Lady Shri Ram College is the only exception. It has received 11 applicants under the PH quota and all of them have taken admission in the college.
“The allotment is done on the basis of percentage and preference, but as all allotments cannot be done in the campus area, we suggest off-campus colleges. Many students, however, do not want to go outside the campus,” said Vipin Tiwari, deputy dean, Physically Handicapped Students Welfare.