On Sunday, the officials of Delhi University has said that there has been an increase of almost 10 per cent in the number of registrations under the Persons with Disabilities (PwD) category at the Delhi University.
Twenty one conditions are included under PwD category this year. A total of 1,665 people have registered under this category on the varsity’s admission portal this year, including an acid attack victim and leprosy-cured persons.
According to Indian Express, Bipin Tiwary of Equal Opportunity Cell of the DU said “There has been an increase in the number of applications we have been receiving every year. This year, there has been an increase of almost 10 per cent as compared from the last year. This increase shows that the varsity is welcoming persons with disabilities.”
The university has received an application from an acid attack victim, two from those who have been cured of leprosy and five from those who are affected with dwarfism.The maximum applications were received under the category of locomotor disability at 480, followed by 366 from visually challenged aspirants and 226 from those with low vision.
According to the provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, not less than five per cent seats are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities.
The PwD applicants shall be given a relaxation in the course-specific eligibility in the qualifying examination and in the admission entrance test to the extent of five per cent, till seats are filled, according to the eligibility criterion of the university.