[AI] Sub: Stern Action Sought Against The UGC for violating the Office Memorandum Issued by the Government of India for Conducting Examination for Persons with Disabilities

Anshul Kapoor (अंशुल कपूर) anshul.kapoor at gail.co.in
Thu Jul 2 02:02:49 PDT 2015


I don't  know the reason why such irregularities in scribe conditions were prevalent. I appeared in the UGC NET in Dec. 2014 and no such condition was laid out. The only condition was to take prior permission for the scribe by producing his mark sheets/ certificate of the last exam passed along with photocopy of his identity card duly signed by him. I appeared in Delhi and I had to visit College of Vocational Studies, Shekhsarai for bringing my own scribe else no permission was required if the scribe provided by the centre was acceptable. The CVS issued the permission in writing and producing the same in the examination centre made the job more easier. The only problem was that 6 VH candidates were allotted 1 room and it became really difficult to differentiate between phrases read out by scribes. I had to concentrate really hard to listen to my question and made several requests to other scribes for softening their vocals. A scribe reading in Hindi was almost replicating an epic. On that day a huge amount of effort just went into identifying my question from a set of several undifferentiated ones.  

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-----Original Message-----
From: AccessIndia [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of avinash shahi
Sent: 02 July 2015 13:03
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Subject: Re: [AI] Sub: Stern Action Sought Against The UGC for violating the Office Memorandum Issued by the Government of India for Conducting Examination for Persons with Disabilities

One has no problem in obtaining sanction for using the scribe. But why to visit day prior to the exam Centre along with the scribe? One of my friends studies in Jammu University has informed that his Exam Centre was 70 Kms from his villege. And he couldn't visit the Centre multiple times due to his poverty.

On 7/2/15, Asudani, Rajesh <rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in> wrote:
> Dear Avinash
> I endorse fighting non implementation of the provisions.
> However, taking prior sanction for a graduate scribe of another stream 
> by producing documents is a reasonable conditionality, me thinks.
> Its non implementation of course has to be fought.
> But if you say, they should provide the competent scribe without any 
> prior imtimation, I don't agree.
> Yes, on the spot sanction to the scribe brought by candidates we can 
> demand.
>
> राजेश आसुदानी Rajesh Asudani
> AGM
> बाजार आसूचना ईकाई MIU
> Reserve Bank of India
> नागपुर Nagpur
>
> 0712 2806846
>
> President
> VIBEWA
> Co-Moderator
> VIB-India
>
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> From: AccessIndia [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On 
> Behalf Of Asudani, Rajesh
> Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2015 11:07 AM
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> Subject: Re: [AI] Sub: Stern Action Sought Against The UGC for 
> violating the Office Memorandum Issued by the Government of India for 
> Conducting Examination for Persons with Disabilities
>
> All interpretations of point 1 are valid.
> A graduate scribe from another discipline, of candidates' choice is 
> provided subject to prior verification by center incharges.
> We should only substitute verification with sanction.
>
>
> I fail to understand why such a hew and cry is being raised against 
> the provisions.
> If we just want to barge into the exam center with scribe of our 
> choice dot at the time of exam, then it is another matter.
> Here, they are allowing scribe of our choice, only condition os 
> another discipline, and prior sanction, so what is the problem?
>
> I know ground realities leave much to be desired.
>
> We may fight the non implementation of the provision, but attacking a 
> reasonable provision itself is not justified.
>
>
> राजेश आसुदानी Rajesh Asudani
> AGM
> बाजार आसूचना ईकाई MIU
> Reserve Bank of India
> नागपुर Nagpur
>
> 0712 2806846
>
> President
> VIBEWA
> Co-Moderator
> VIB-India
>
> A-pilll = Action coupled with Positivity, Interest, Love, Logic and 
> laughter.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: AccessIndia [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On 
> Behalf Of Mohib Anwar Rafay
> Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2015 10:49 AM
> To: AccessIndia: a list for discussing accessibility and issues 
> concerning the disabled.
> Subject: Re: [AI] Sub: Stern Action Sought Against The UGC for 
> violating the Office Memorandum Issued by the Government of India for 
> Conducting Examination for Persons with Disabilities
>
> 1. Refer to the rules cited above:
> "These candidates, on their request, will also be provided the 
> services of a scribe who would be a graduate in a subject other than 
> that of the candidate."
> What does this provision exactly provide?
> According to me Following may be the interpretations of this provision 
> A. The scribe would be a graduate.
> B. the scribe should be graduate in the subject other than candidate's 
> graduation subject.
> C. The scribe should be graduate in the subject other than for which 
> candidate is appearing in UGC Net exam.
> It is not clear to me, whether the scribe should not be a graduate in 
> the subject in which the candidate is writing the NET exam, or the 
> candidate's subject of graduation?
>
> 2. The above quoted scribe rules provide "Those candidates who opt for 
> their own  scribe have to produce the scribe before the concerned 
> Center  Superintendent along  with his/her certificates of educational 
> qualifications at least one  day before the test.
>
> Here the notification clearly provides that you will have to appear 
> before the exam center along with the scribe for the varrification 
> purpose. At this stage, I am afraid you can not challange this 
> provision.
> There is a principle of law, which prevent a person to change his 
> position which he has taken erlier. You have accepted these arbitrary 
> conditions and didn't challange it before the exam. There are lesser 
> chances the court of law will entertain the plea for reconducting the 
> exam on this ground.
> 3. the office of CCPD is not a court in strict sence. It can not issue 
> a direction to public and other authorities. If you are seeking for 
> reconducting the exam on these grounds, you will have to file a writ 
> in the high court only on the basis that the guidelines are arbitrary 
> and fail to establish the test of reasonableness, hence violating the 
> principle of Article 14.
>
> On 7/2/15, avinash shahi <shahi88avinash at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Friends
>> As a first procedural prerequisite, I've registered complaint against 
>> The UGC Interested candidates could also do the same to build 
>> pressure,then we will go to the High Court if need arises.
>>
>> To
>> The
>> Court of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Ministry of 
>> Social Justice & Empowerment Department of Empowerment of Persons 
>> with Disabilities Sarojini House, 6, Bhagwan Dass Road, New Delhi - 
>> 110 001
>>
>> Sub: Stern Action Sought Against The UGC for violating the Office 
>> Memorandum Issued by the Government of India for Conducting 
>> Examination for Persons with Disabilities
>>
>> Respected Hon’ble Court of The Chief Commissioner for Persons with 
>> Disabilities I am knocking at your door to apprise about the 
>> humiliation meted out to the candidates with disabilities in the 
>> recently held UGC NET exam on June 28 2015. The UGC imposed its 
>> arbitrary guidelines for the use of scribe which is in complete 
>> violation and contrary to the Office Memorandum issued by the 
>> government of India in February 2013.  As aconsequence, scores of 
>> candidates with disabilities residing in the different states of 
>> India have expressed anger and narrated their ordeal on the social 
>> networking websites. Many were barred from appearing in the 
>> examination for frivolous reasons and were treated with contempt by 
>> the officials at the examination Centres. Some of the bitter 
>> experiences shared by the candidates are reproduced below for your 
>> kind perusal.
>>
>> Block quote
>> Instead of verifying candidate-own scribe’s document on the date of 
>> examination, The CBSE imposed extra burden and asked blind candidates’
>> to take permission one day prior to the exam. Now one could easily 
>> apply one’s common sense to comprehend the discrimination. When the 
>> all non-disabled aspirants were busy doing last-minute preparation, 
>> blind candidates struggled from pillar to post in reaching the 
>> different centres for availing permission to use writers. Most of 
>> them who are very poor, were forced to incur extra money 
>> unnecessairily Courtesy the CBSE.
>> (Avinash Shahi Delhi).
>> Block quote end
>>
>> Block quote
>> My centre was at New Spot Public School in Vivek Vihaar. When I asked 
>> about scribe’s fee ,they told me that why did you use scribe when we 
>> provide braill question paper? I told them mam, yes you provide me 
>> question paper in braill but you remember that you didn't provide me 
>> answersheet in braill. She completely lost her point. Finally they 
>> didn’t give my scribe’s his fee.
>> (Manish Jaiswal Delhi).
>> Block quote end
>>
>> Block quote
>> A visually impaired girl has been out rightly denied permission to 
>> take the exam at a center in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. Ms.Barani, who 
>> has just passed out of her M.A in English from Pondicherry 
>> University, informed me the folowing yesterday: Those at the exam 
>> center in Coimbatore did not provide a scribe, and also denied entry 
>> to the scribe she took with her. They told her that she should have 
>> obtained permission for bringing her own scribe one week earlier. 
>> They also told her that even otherwise she should have informed the 
>> exam center one week earlier that she would not bring her own scribe 
>> and hence they themselves should (kindly) arrange one. Ultimately she 
>> was turned down even though she had brought a scribe with herself, 
>> and requested them to arrange anyone of their own choice.
>> (Muruganandan Tamil Nadu).
>> Block quote end
>>
>> The above personal narratives are just in no way could be construed 
>> as representational. Blind candidates in Odisha, UP, Bihar, MP and in 
>> the whole of north east who have no internet connectivity suffered 
>> the ill-treatment at the examination Centres. Below is relevant 
>> sections of the NET Notification for the Court’s perusal Block quote 
>> PROVISIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY (INCLUDING VISUALLY CHALLENGED
>> CANDIDATES)
>> i) Twenty five minutes compensatory time shall be provided for Paper 
>> – I and Paper – II separately. For paper – III, fifty minutes 
>> compensatory time shall be provided. These candidates, on their 
>> request, will also be provided the services of a scribe who would be 
>> a graduate in a subject other than that of the candidate. CBSE will 
>> also provide the Test Booklets of Paper-I, Paper–II & Paper–III in 
>> Braille in those subjects only which are printed in English or 
>> English and Hindi along with usual Test Booklets as provided to other 
>> candidates.
>> ii) The Persons with Disability (Physically Challenged) candidates 
>> who are not in a position to write in their own hand-writing can also 
>> avail these services of scribe by making prior request (at least one 
>> week before the date of UGC-NET) in writing to the concerned Center 
>> Superintendent.
>> Compensatory time and
>> facility of scribe would not be provided to other Persons with 
>> Disability (Physically Challenged) candidates.
>> iii) The candidate has the discretion of opting for his/her own 
>> scribe or has to request the concerned Center Superintendent for the 
>> same in writing at least one week in advance of the test. In such 
>> instances the candidate is allowed to meet the scribe a day before 
>> the examination so as to verify whether the scribe is suitable or 
>> not. Those candidates who opt for their own scribe have to produce 
>> the scribe before the concerned Center Superintendent along with 
>> his/her certificates of educational qualifications at least one day 
>> before the test. (See the full notification) 
>> http://cbsenet.nic.in/cbsenet/PDF/UGCNETbulletingJune2015.pdf
>> Block quote end
>>
>> Above cited arbitrary provision imposed by UGC is contrary to the 
>> Office Memorandum of GOI which states Block quote
>> I.    Criteria like educational qualification, marks scored, age or other
>> such restrictions for the scribe/reader/lab assistant should not be 
>> fixed.  Instead, the invigilation system should be strengthened, so 
>> that the candidates using scribe/reader/lab assistant do not indulge 
>> in mal-practices like copying and cheating during the examination.
>> Block quote end
>>
>> Respected Hon’ble Court, the above mentioned harsh narratives faced 
>> by disabled candidates are more than sufficient to reprimand UGC. And 
>> it is imperative for the Hon’ble Court to protect the rights of the 
>> disabled candidates  to equal opportunity and safety against 
>> discrimination. Given the extent of mental trauma and raw treatment 
>> meted out to the disabled candidates; Court should take stern action 
>> against the UGC at the earliest. 1. The UGC should be directed to 
>> reconduct NET examination for those candidates who were arbitrarily 
>> denied to appear in the examination. 2. Hon’ble Court should ensure 
>> that the aforementioned Office Memorandum issued by the Government of 
>> India be enforced scrupulously in letter and spirit. I hope and trust 
>> that the Court would construe this case as suo-motive and initiate 
>> serious action as envisaged under Section 59 of the Persons with 
>> Disabilities Act 1995 forthwith.
>>
>> Complainant: Avinash Shahi
>> Ph.D Disability Policy Researcher at Centre for Law and Governance
>>
>> Address
>> Room no-223
>> Second Floor
>> Periyar Hostel
>> Jawaharlal Nehru University
>> New Delhi 110067
>> Mobile: 9717230779
>> E-mail: shahi88avinash at gmail.com
>>
>> --
>> Avinash Shahi
>> Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU
>>
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