The SC (Supreme Court) on Friday announced that everyone including the disabled person has the right to higher education but lack of facilities by the institution will call for discrimination.
It was pointed out to the private as well as the government higher educational institutions who were being aided by the government initiative for providing better facilities under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (2016). The asserted act provides reservation and benefits for less than 5% seats for people with stated disabilities.
A bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and AK Sikri mentions that the default higher educational institutes will have to bear consequences and actions under the endowment of the act. The UGC (University Grants Commission) requested for a committee to analyze and set guidelines for approachability of the disabled students into the colleges and universities. Further, the held committee should study in detail and endow accurate facilities and ease the access for disabled students while also advising in terms of monetary, funding and modalities. The committee is time-bound to submit an action sheet prior to the month of July 2018.
The apex court passed its judgment on the appeal that raises three main issues, i.e., there was absolutely no inculcation of reserved seats for the disabled students in the educational institutions as per the act and there should be the allowance for the orthopedically disabled person to access the entry and move around freely in the institute. It also stated that every educational institute that claims to seats provided to the disabled person is liable to submit a list of details of the disabled student and the details of the course each year to the State Commissioner or Chief Commissioner.
It states that we are trying to ensure that the disabled person is not just seeking education but also receiving other educational benefits in a proper manner like that of a normal person. The institutes will amount to discrimination for not providing the said facilities to the disabled students.