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Volume 4 Issue 13 - July 01, 2006

Grant provisional admission to disabled student: Delhi High Court tells D.U.

D.N.I.S. News Network – The Delhi High Court has issued a directive to Delhi University (D.U.) to grant provisional admission to a physically disabled student who was denied a seat to its dental course despite qualifying in the entrance test conducted by the varsity.

Vacation Judge A. K. Sikri ruled that the student should not be denied admission on the ground that the University wants to fill only two seats as against the 12 reserved for physically disabled candidates. The directions were passed on a petition filed by the candidate, who said that he had passed the Delhi University Medical Dental Entrance Test held on 22 May 2006, but was still being denied admission.

The student argued that though there were 12 seats reserved for disabled candidates, the University had decided to fill only two seats as a result of which he was being denied admission. Moreover, the University had not provided a proper explanation for denying admission, but merely informed the student orally that his case was not considered, as he was “medically unfit”. The candidate stated that the University had neither conducted any medical test on him nor disclosed the basis on which such an opinion was formed.

In case the admission was denied on the ground that the candidate was medically unfit, he should be told the reason behind such statements, Justice Sikri added, while posting the matter for further hearing on July 7.

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