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Geography for handicapped students?

New Delhi, India: Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University (DU), India denied admission to a physically handicapped (PH) student, Manish Arora, in geography course. According to Manish, the college administration advised him not to take admission in the course as it involves mountaineering.

Manish has now approached Dean, Students Welfare (DSW), DU, with his application. “Activities like mountaineering are not compulsory. Going for excursions depends on students. These days students need not even go out for field work on surveys as they have GIS labs to work in,” said Neha Sharma, a final-year student of Geography at Miranda House, DU.

“We cannot allow anything like this. The college should give us in writing what they actually want. But it seems that they are no more interested in giving admission to this student. Denying admission to someone just because he is not fit for mountaineering is not a valid reason. This act will only discourage the student. Moreover, today we have received more complaints in the PH category,” said Dr. Gulshan Sawhney, Deputy Dean, Students’ Welfare, DU.

However, BC Sehgal, Principal, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, said: “I am sensitive to PH students. The candidate should have come to me. He can visit me tomorrow with all his documents and I will assure him admission in Geography course within half an hour.”

Source: IBNLive