For 1,300 students belonging to the physically handicapped (PH) category in Delhi University (DU), smoother facilities may still be a distant dream because of lack of coordination among various colleges.
Vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh, on completing two years in office, had stated that everything had been done to ensure that students belonging to the category had the best facilities in DU.
The DU administration now claims that there needs to be greater cooperation from colleges.
“While we have come a long way in helping the students belonging to the PH category, we are very disappointed at the lackadaisical response from colleges. Colleges such as Daulat Ram have not admitted these students and instead taken in OBC category students. Others such as Ramjas and Kirori Mal have yet to give them a fee waiver and refund fees of some PH students. We need to see greater cooperation from colleges,” said Vipin Tiwari, deputy dean of students' welfare.
Malti Gupta, principal of Daulat Ram College, denied such claims and said they had admitted 10 students in the physically handicapped category across all courses as per the recommendations of the
university. Meanwhile, the principal of Ramjas College, Rajendra Prasad, was not available for comments.
This is not the only gap that DU is struggling to bridge. Attempts at making metro travel free for PH category students has come to a halt with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) claiming that no one is permitted free travel.