Delhi University began its admission process on May 22 for admitting various students into 60 undergraduate programs in 62 different colleges with around 54,000 seats.
In an attempt to provide disabled students with an equal opportunity to study, the University announced reserved seats for the acid attack survivors and Thalassemia students.This move came from the University after adopting the revised Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
According to the law disabled students get at least 5 percent reservation which means that in DU at least 2500 seats will be reserved for the differently abled students.
With the varsity moving towards implementing it, Anil K. Aneja, nodal officer of the DU equal opportunity cell, said "The files are under process and if everything goes according to the flow, we will implement the reservation policy as per the new act which asks to reserve 5 per cent seats for a person with benchmark disability during admission. We will also try to comply with the 4 per cent reservation in employment provisions," as reported by the Asian Age.
Following disabilities will be included in the list
- Physical disability
- Intellectual disability
- Mental illness
- Disability caused due to blood disorder or chronic neurological conditions
About Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016
According to the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016, all institutions including government and higher education, which are getting government aid shall not reserve less than 5 percent seats for the persons with benchmark difficulties. Acid attack victims are also considered under the benchmark difficulties listed by the government.