DU exams: The Delhi Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Ministry of Railways to make an effort, given the limited number of trains due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to confirm seats for people with disabilities in the emergency contingent so that they can enter and appear in the state capital in the final exam of Delhi University.
A department bank of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad instructed the students to book waiting list tickets and notify the railroads of the same two days in advance to ensure they were confirmed.
Attorney Jagjit Singh, who appeared for the Ministry of Railways, said the railroad will help provide confirmed seating for people with disabilities. The ministry also said the railways are already making concessions to several categories of people with disabilities, including the visually impaired.
The bank asked senior attorney SK Rungta, who appeared on behalf of the petitioner National Federation of Blind, to provide a list of PWD students who will travel to Delhi from distant locations. DU was also asked to submit an affidavit stating the number of students who signed up for the second phase and when the results for the first and second phases of last year’s exams should be announced.
Given that the physical exams will begin on September 14th, the High Court listed the matter for further hearing on September 22nd. The court was also informed that both fresh and those students who want to improve their results can sit for the second phase of the final exams.
The university also told the court that around 1,500 students would register for the second phase of the exam. The court was told that a digital certificate delivery system is already in place to provide a digital trademark sheet to all students.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) advised the court that preliminary admission to PG courses will be allowed after September 30th until a revised academic calendar is in place and relevant proficiency test documents can be accepted after September 30th.
The High Court heard several petitions related to Delhi University exam preparation last year, including one from Prateek Sharma and one from the National Federation of the Blind.