D.N.I.S. News Network
– Sonum Gayatri Malhotra,
a bright student having dyslexia, has secured 84 per cent in Class XII. Yet,
There is still one seat vacant in the college in the disability category. But a student who desires to join is not allowed, simply because the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (V.R.C.) under the Ministry of Labour does not recognise dyslexia as a disability and as a result refuses to issue her a ‘suitability’ certificate. Sonum had been assessed by a medical board at A.I.I.M.S. and then by an independent board set up by Delhi University (D.U.), which rated her level of disability at 5 on a scale of 1to10.
Sonum’s parents approached Dean-in-charge of disability at D.U., S.K. Vij, who expressed his helplessness.
The harassed parents then sought the help of Disabled Rights Group (D.R.G.). The matter was brought to the attention of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who immediately wrote to the concerned college authorities clearly directing them to give the student provisional admission. Despite the Chief Minister’s personal intervention, the college refused to admit Sonum.
D.R.G. then organised a Press Conference in