Job exams made easy for the blind

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 11:27am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Draft govt resolution submitted to court lays down guidelines for conducting exams to recruit disabled aspirants.

The state government on Tuesday submitted a draft Government Resolution to the Bombay high court for its approval. This resolution, once finalised, will lay down guidelines to be adopted while conducting written exams for recruitment of candidates for jobs in state government departments. 

The draft resolution was submitted to the court by additional government pleader Abhinandan Vangyani. The court has suggested further additions, which if approved by the high court, will culminate in the government issuing a government resolution.

According to the draft, visually challenged students will be provided separate rooms to appear for exams, facilitaties for the blind and partially blind persons – like a reader or software which reads from the screen – will be provided to them at the examination centre.

Besides, question papers will be printed in bold font and questions which have diagrams and graphics will be optional for the visually challenged candidates. Alternatively, they can answer other questions carrying same marks.

Blind and partially blind students will be granted 20 minutes more per hour to complete their papers. In case of a physically challenged candidate – deaf and mute or blind or partially blind – requires food at the examination centre, arrangements will have to be made before or after the exam.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and justice MS Sanklecha has suggested to the government that it include providing of magnifying glasses to candidates who are partially blind. The court has asked it to get a revised draft on Wednesday.

The draft resolution was submitted during the hearing of a suo-moto petition of Prachi Shrisikar, who has lost 80 per cent of her vision.

Shrisikar had written to the court and her letter was converted into a suo motu (on its own) writ petition by Chief Justice Mohit Shah.

Shrisikar’s letter stated that a government resolution was issued on February 28 for filling of 206 vacant posts in Thane Zilla Parishad. She applied for the junior clerk’s post on April 22.

There were 15 vacant posts of which three had been reserved for visually challenged persons.

However, she was not provided facilities due to which she could not clear the exam. The court directed the authorities to carry out a re-exam for Shrisikar and was told to pay Rs5,000 as compensation.

The suggestions
According to the draft, visually challenged students will be provided separate rooms to appear for exams, facilities for the blind and partially blind persons – like a reader or software which reads from the screen – will be provided to them at the examination centre.

Question papers will be printed in bold font and questions which have diagrams and graphics will be optional.


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