The Disabled Students and Youth Association (DSYA) on Sunday alleged that the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) has not provided five per cent reservation for disabled students as per Court orders.
According to the Association, the Himachal Pradesh High Court order for five per cent reservation to disabled students in M. Phil and PhD courses came 10 months ago but the University has not complied with the order till date.
“In a judgement on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by a visually impaired Indu Kumari on 5 November 2018, the High Court had made five per cent reservation for disabled students mandatory in Himachal Pradesh University and all the other government and government-aided higher education institutions. The court had also explained the procedure of implementing this reservation,” said Mukesh Kumar, DSYA Coordinator.
“The court had said that all institutions for higher education will give 5 % reservation to disabled students before the beginning of the academic year in all the courses. Every time a new roster will have to be created, while the old ‘running roster’ will be stopped,” said Mukesh Kumar.
He pointed out that the Dean of Studies at HPU has started the admission process for M. Phil without giving due reservation to the disabled students. The admission form for PhD admission will be out soon.
The Association members said that they have raised the issue with the Dean on several occasions but to no avail.
Mukesh Kumar said that DSYA will not tolerate the blatant violation of PWD Act 2016 and the High Court’s order. “It is highly unacceptable that the future of disabled students is put on stake as they are deprived of the reservation in M Phil and PhD,” he said, adding that the Association will file contempt petition in the Court in this regard.