Disabled people have right to get higher education: Supreme Court

Team SoOLEGAL 16 Dec 2017 2:52pm

Disabled people have right to get higher education: Supreme Court

People with disablility have a right to get higher education and not making adequate provisions to facilitate their proper education would amount to "discrimination", the Supreme Court said.

It directed the government institutions of higher education and other such institutions, which were receiving aid from the government, to comply with the provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

The Act provides for reservation of not less than five per cent seats for persons with benchmark disabilities.

A bench of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said that appropriate consequential action under the provisions of the Act would be initiated against the defaulting educational institutions.

It asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to constitute a committee to consider the feasibility of having guidelines for accessibility of students with disabilities in universities and colleges.

It said the committee would undertake a detailed study to make provisions in respect of accessibility and facilities of teaching for disabled persons and would also suggest the modalities for implementing those suggestions, their funding and monitoring.

[Source: PTI]

Tagged: Supreme Court   University Grants Commission   Disabilities Act   2016  
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