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Resource id #3 D.U. hypes an ‘increase’ in number of disabled applicants, but half of the seats still go vacant - Volume 9 Issue 7: Disability News and Information Service for India

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Volume 9 Issue 7 - June 15, 2012

D.U. hypes an ‘increase’ in number of disabled applicants, but half of the seats still go vacant

D.N.I.S. News Network, India: Headlines are screaming at how the number of applicants with disabilities to various courses in Delhi University has gone up this year. Dig a little deeper and one will have a perfect example how deceiving statistics can be. As per newspaper reports, till June 12, only 300 applications were received for the 1620 odd seats reserved for people with disabilities! Of this, only 81 were girls.

D.U. has 54,000 seats, of which 3 percent or 1620 are reserved for students with disabilities. Last year, only 600 students were finally admitted under this category, which means more than 50 percent went vacant.

The fact that applicants with disabilities were unable to apply online like other students also did not help matters. Applicants under the disability category had to physically register at designated centres.

The problem however is a much bigger one. Approximately, 11,80,000 students appeared in the Central Board of Secondary Education (C.B.S.E.) examinations this year. The total number of candidates with disabilities was around 1800 odd. This means that out of the total number of students finishing school under C.B.S.E., only 0.15 percent or so were students with disabilities.

It is therefore, no surprise that more than half of the seats in D.U. alone go vacant. It will be a safe bet to say that this is the same story across the 600 odd universities in the country.

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