BENGALURU: Bangalore University has allegedly denied admission to some differently-abled students at its free hostels on the Jnana Bharati campus. According to a complaint filed by six students, in the last Syndicate meeting, it was approved that differently-abled students will be admitted to post-graduate hostels, but the authorities concerned have declined them.
“The meeting gave approval to admit 10 differently-abled students, but the authorities are refusing admissions to six of us,” one of the students, Dhananjay, told Express.
The students also claimed that the authorities were not giving any reasons for refusing the admissions.
As per university norms, to avail hostel facility at the university under the differently-abled quota, a candidate must have disability of up to 80 per cent for which they need to submit a medical report from a district surgeon.
“All of us have fulfilled the norms set by the university. We have submitted the medical certificate, applied much before the deadline, and moreover, we are eligible under the quota, but we are not allowed to get the benefits,” another student alleged.
This has caused a lot of inconvenience to the students as they are forced to travel from faraway places. For example, one of the students is from Ramnagara and has to commute to the city every day. “For people like me, it is not an easy job to travel 60-70 km a day. We request the Vice-Chancellor to intervene and solve the issue by speaking to the authorities concerned,” the student said.
However, the university authorities have put forth their own version. They alleged that these students are backed up by some senior professors and this was a pre-planned agenda to create differences between General category and SC and ST community students.
When contacted, BU Registrar Prof K N Ningegowda also claimed that it was a false allegation by the students and the varsity has not denied admission to them.
“As they are post-graduate students, we can accommodate them only at the hostel dedicated to PG students. But they are demanding accommodation at the new hostel building constructed for SC and ST students. How can we violate our own rules and send them there?” he asked.