Saturday, June 04, 2005

Inaccessibility in India

See this story about Delhi University. It begins:

For Nipun Malhotra, the disabled boy from Apeejay School, Noida, who scored 92 per cent in Class XII, Delhi University appears to be a “distant” dream. Admission into a college of his choice itself will not be a problem. What disturbs him and his parents is that no college in the university has facilities for the disabled.

It has been 10 years since the Disability Act, 1995 made it mandatory for a barrier-free environment and eight years since the University Grants Commission (UGC) announced a special grant for colleges to have disabled-friendly campus. But the university does not seem to have done anything other than to reserve three per cent seats in the disabled category.

Nipun, for example, has been unable to find a single college that is designed for wheelchair movement. “I am interested to pursue maths and accountancy,” says Nipun. “But I cannot study in DU as the colleges do not have the ramps.”


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