Differently abled suffer as colleges ignore age rule

Tribune News Service
Shimla, August 2

Differently abled students have been left in the lurch as colleges in the state are denying them admission on the basis of the provision of age relaxation of five years.

In a complaint to the State Disability Commissioner, a member of the State Advisory Board on Disability and the chairman of Umang Foundation, Ajai Srivastava, alleged that the RKMV College in Shimla and other colleges of the state are denying the mandatory upper age relaxation of five years to visually impaired and other differently abled students.

Age relaxation norm for admission

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, has made it mandatory for all institutions of higher education to extend the upper age relaxation of five years to differently abled students.

Stating that students were stressed as the last date to submit forms in colleges is August 9, he urged the State Disability Commissioner to direct colleges along with the Directorate of Education to comply with the disability laws.

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, has made it mandatory for all institutions of higher education to extend the upper age relaxation of five years to differently abled students. However, the RKMV College is blatantly violating the law and the principal refused to entertain his plea to modify the admission portal to accept the forms of those differently abled girls who have completed the age of 25 years, he said in a release issued here today.

The position is similar in other colleges also and the Directorate of Education has done nothing in this regard. The complaint said some other colleges in Hamirpur, Kullu, Rampur and other places have enrolled visually impaired students but no facility is provided to them in the libraries.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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