Delhi HC directs Railways to Arrange Travels for DU Examinees with Disability

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The Delhi High Court has asked Ministry of Railways to make travel arrangements for examinees with a disability to who will be appearing for Delhi University exams. 

The court said several students, will be taking the physical tests of Delhi University who come from distant places to the city. It has also asked railways to take note of feasibility aspects for issuing confirmed tickets at a subsidised rate. 

The process has to be confirmed at least 5 days before commencing the second round of exams from September 14, 2020.

Earlier, the court was hearing a plea filed by National Federation of Blind and law student, Prateeksha Sharma in this respect. 

The plea urged setting effective mechanisms for both PwD and visually impaired students so that instructions can be easily conveyed to them and reading materials be supplied online amid the pandemic.

Earlier, Delhi HC urged DU to conduct physical exams from September 14. The verdict has also said that Delhi University must work on the modalities for stay and transport of the disabled students who left Delhi during the time of COVID-19 lockdown.

The High Court Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad issued an order that directs Ministries of Human Resource Development and Social Justice and Empowerment to collectively address the Ministry of Railways.

The railways have to arrange travel facilities for students with disabilities coming from Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Eastern Uttar Pradesh towards Delhi for attending the exams in physical or online mode.

Read: DU Open Book Exam 2020 Phase 2 Guidelines: Students Permitted to Bring Own stationery, Electronic Gadgets, Masks & Sanitizers

Added to this, the court also urged PwD and visually impaired students willing to come to Delhi for exams, to mention in their DU forms whether they wish to avail scribes and attend physical exams or submit papers through email. 

Delhi HC also directed DU to declare results of Open Book Exam by October-end. Following this, Delhi University (DU) informed that subjects teachers have to digitally check scanned copies of answer sheets submitted by students for online Open Book Exams. This is aimed at completing the evaluation process at a faster rate.