On Wednesday Delhi HC has advised the University of Delhi to present an affidavit on the petition filed by a law student. The petition was filed in regard to seeking adequate and productive means for communication of lessons and educational instructions for specially-abled and visually impaired students.
Justice Subramonium Prasad and Justice Hima Kohli from a two-judge bench said the University has been disapproving the petition with casually and in an inactive manner. The HC has granted a last one day opportunity to the University to file an affidavit as the ignorant actions of University are not of adversarial nature.
The HC two bench judges have also advised the Delhi University that it shall precisely consider the Order of Merit dated 9th June 2020 issued by the ministry of social justice and empowerment while submitting the affidavit. Furthermore, a copy of the important points of the meeting held on 8th June 2020 under the Chairmanship of the Secretary of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. The meeting held on 8th June was attended by several departments of Delhi University and therefore the University of Delhi is advised to provide the copy of points discussed in the meeting along with the affidavit.
The petition being addressed by the bench was filed by two law students Diksha Singh and Prateek Sharma studying at the University of Delhi. The petition is against the academic calendar guidelines and notification issued by the UGC on 30/04/2020 and the Delhi University’s open book exams which do not contain any provision regarding the commencement of exams for specially able students.
The law students have opposed the University’s decision of conducting open-book exams for specially-abled students as the open book exams impose a need for books that can be accessed by disabled students and a detailed set of guidelines and instructions while writing the exams.
The students have further argued that the University’s open book examination will not be able to fulfill the above-stated requirements and therefore it will be injustice with specially-abled students and will be termed as a discriminatory act.
The next hearing for the ongoing petition will take place on 26th June 2020 I.e., today. On the aforesaid hearing of the case, the HC bench had explored a comprehensive report of the Ministry of Social justice and empowerment and Ministry of Human Resource and Development and then issued a notice to the University of Delhi.