Differently abled pave their way

Differently abled pave their way


Differently abled pave their way

Nineteen-year old Aditi Sharma like other kids of her age, is excited to be part of the first batch of the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) of Delhi University. Despite online registration, Aditi chooses to fill an offline form and comes all the way from Bawana in North-west Delhi to Faculty of Arts where admission forms are being sold. But it was not easy for her to come all the way. Despite an amputated leg, Aditi braved the heat and came on crutches.

Like Aditi, other differently abled youngsters are thronging the Arts Faculty to fill OMR forms. The university administration has made separate arr­a­n­­gements at the Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) – to save them the trouble of standing in long queues for collection and submission of forms. Instead, at the EOC, they are settled in an AC room where volunteers from Lady Irwin College offer guidance on courses and forms.

“Every day around 30 students visit the EOC,” says Akshima Sharma, a volunteer.
“Not only visually impaired or handicapped kids are coming to get admissions but dyslexics too are coming with their parents,” shares Akshima. “When they come independently we guide these kids in selecting the subjects. Those who coming with parents are clear with regard to their choice.”

Like Lavanya Sharma, who came all the way from Meerut with her mother and sister. She wants to study English (Hons) in DU. Despite the fact that she cannot walk properly, Lavanya wants to stay in a hostel throughout her graduation. Giggling like a teenager, she says, “I just want to study in North campus because I have heard a lot about it. People say DU is the best place to enjoy college life. So, I want to complete my education here and become an English professor in DU only.”

But it was different for Vikas Kumar, a patient of Albinism, who came along with his visually impaired friend Ashok Kumar to seek admission in a Political Science cou­r­se. He is happy with the arr­an­­gements made for differently abled collegiates like him but expressed his disappointment over FYUP.

“It is difficult to understand FYUP. I don’t understand why the Pass Course has been scrapped. There are so many new courses that it has become difficult to make a selection but the volunteers have advised me take up Political Science  considering my marks and future prospects.” 

However, there are glitches. Several students are clueless as to the EOC’s location since there are no banners, signages or hoardings for the same. Located in the Arts Faculty pre­m­ises – the EOC an be rea­ched from the gate facing Shri Ram College of Commerce.
Soon, a direction chart will be put up and we will increase the volunteers,” says Shivani Kumar, another volunteer. 

Another problem is that students are not allow­ed to submit forms at the EOC if th­ey have purchased them from general or SC/ST counters.

“We can only take those fo­r­ms which have been bo­u­g­ht from the EOC because we
ha­ve been given a certain numb­er of forms which we need to keep an account of,” clarifies Shivani.