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H.C. seeks report from D.U. on steps taken to make structures accessible

D.N.I.S. News Network There is good news for the disability sector in their ongoing struggle to make colleges and universities accessible. In an Interim Order, the Delhi High Court has sought detailed reports from the Delhi University and Government of India on steps that have been taken to make its structures accessible.

The Order was passed by a bench of Justice Virendra Jain and Justice Rekha Sharma, while hearing the Public Interest Litigation filed by Disabled Rights Group (D.R.G.) againstDelhi University to make its colleges disabled-friendly.

The Court has asked for elaborate information from Delhi University and the Union of India on the steps taken to make its structures accessible, while adding that the affidavit filed by the Government of India was insufficient.

In a pleasant surprise, the Court also issued notices to Jamia Millia Islamia and Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha Universities seeking a report on what has been done by them for making educational structures accessible to students with disabilities. The next hearing of the case has been scheduled for 20 September 2005.