DU witnesses a surge in number of applicants under PWD category

Published On: 04 Jul 2012

 | Last Updated On: 04 Jul 2012

Delhi University (DU) has witnessed a surge in the number of candidates under the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) category applying for admissions. This year the number of candidates with learning disability within the PWD category has increased as opposed to the previous years in which only a few applied for admissions.

This year, of the 27 applicants with learning disabilities, 25 have been admitted against only two admissions in 2011. The online application facility and the high scores secured in Class XII examinations have led to the increase in the number of applicants this year reported the university officials.

DU has a total of 1,500 seats reserved for the candidates under PWD across DU Colleges. People with not less than 40% impairment are categorized within the PWD category. 3% seats are reserved for candidates with disability in all undergraduate courses; 1% seats are reserved for people with blindness, 1% for hearing impaired people and the other 1% for candidates with cerebral palsy or locomotor disabilities.

In case there are no applicants under one particular sub-category, the candidates from other sub-categories will be considered in their place.

DU offers the needed aids to candidates under this category. This includes audio-visual aids, extended exam hours, writers, counselors and trained therapists who help candidates to cope with the curriculum. Since these candidates are usually slow learners, the university has also made provisions in the classroom to facilitate better learning.

As for the placements of candidates under the PWD category, the officials from the university reported that such candidates usually exhibit average or above average intelligence and are generally creative. Since they are capable of doing any job with training, companies can provide them with training on the campus they added. Most of them have become theatre personalities and artists. Many are even working for the media-houses, human resources and hotel industries.

OBC category admissions irks students

DU aspirants under the OBC category have expressed disappointment and alleged discrepancies in admissions specially in the Ramjas College.

Students protested to bring in uniformity in the admission process after the university granted admissions to all students who met a particular cut-off in the general category but was not applying the same policy for OBC students.

While most colleges declare a cut-off as the criteria for admissions into a particular course and admit all students who meet this criteria even if the intake is beyond the seats available, students from the OBC category alleged that the merit list was announced to restrict their admissions to a sanctioned strength. Thereby over admitting students under the general category and restricting the admissions under OBC category. Most students reported such admission policy was against the policy of reservation.

Source: Times of India

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