SC to pass orders on making higher educational institutes disabled-friendly soon

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will pass an order on a plea seeking to make higher education institutions physically accessible for disabled students.

PTI December 12, 2017 18:54:51 IST
SC to pass orders on making higher educational institutes disabled-friendly soon

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will pass an order on a plea seeking to make higher education institutions physically accessible for disabled students.

A bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said that it will pass certain directions on the issue and give some time for its compliance.

The bench was hearing a plea filed by an organisation Disabled Rights Group in 2006, espousing the cause of a disabled girl who is 100 percent wheelchair bound.

SC to pass orders on making higher educational institutes disabledfriendly soon

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The girl, who wanted to study law, could not study at the National Law University and managed to gain admission in a private university.

Counsel for the petitioner organisation said the college at the private university does not have facilities for disabled students despite a law which mandates provision of facilities to such students.

"She was made to stay in a hostel in a shared room with two other normal students, the bathroom did not have a ramp and there was no escort facility in the hostel for such students," he said.

He said Persons for Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, provided certain guidelines to be followed, which were not adhered to by higher education institutes.

The bench said three percent reservation provided under the law is now being followed by the educational institutions.

"There is no tracking or monitoring whether these institutes are providing reservation or not to the disabled students. There is no reporting mechanism for the institutes," the counsel said.

The bench then outlined three issues — provision of reservation in higher educational institutions for disabled, all educational institutions being made physically accessible for disabled students and the scope of several provisions of the Act.

"We will pass order with regard to these issues," the bench said.

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