JNU told HC: Never Violated Directive of 5 Percent Seats Reserved for Differently-Abled Students
Jawaharlal Nehru University told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that it has never violated the directive of five percent reservation for disabled students and was committed to providing it in all courses in the 2020-21 academic year.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan which on June 11 issued notice to the university on a plea claiming that Jawaharlal Nehru University has kept less than five percent seats for the disabled category in the academic session 2020-21. Following which a submission was made JNU in an affidavit.
The petition was filed by the Javed Abidi Foundation, which works for the welfare of disabled persons, has sought a direction to JNU to modify its admission policy and prospectus.
JNU, in its affidavit filed through central government standing counsel Monika Arora, has denied the allegation that it was not reserving five percent seats for persons with disabilities (PwD).
In response to the allegations, JNU has said that reservation to PWD category students was provided in almost all courses of its various centres and schools.
Moreover, the varsity also mentioned that the rules and regulations of the university are in compliance with the Disability Act and also stated that the allegations in the petition are "wrong, misconceived and based on the misinterpretation of law, policies, and facts"
The varsity in its affidavit mentioned that the reservation process for PWD students is different from that of SC/ST/OBC candidates.
The bench listed the matter for further hearing on July 8.