Music Varsity gaffe: Special student stopped from taking exams

Intervening in the matter, State Commissioner for Disabilities K S Rajanna held a meeting with top authorities of the Varsity and succeeded in persuading them to provide Priyadarshini an opportunity to write her exams

Krishnamurthipuram: With intervention of the State Commissioner for Disabilities K S Rajanna, a special student of Karnataka State Dr Gangubai Hanagal Music and Performing Arts University Y P Priyadarshini who is suffering with cerebral palsy disorder was promoted to continue her studies under Disability Act 1995. She was given exemption from attendance and was provided an opportunity to write her exam, here on Friday.

Priyadarshini, who claims to be the granddaughter of noted Kannada film director Late Puttanna Kanagal was denied permission to take exam by the authorities of KSGH Music and Performing Arts University. After receiving a complaint from child’s mother S L Lalitha, the Commissioner for Disabilities visited the varsity and directed the officials to allow the student to take exams.

A resident of Agrahara, Y P Priyadarshini, a under-graduate student of music university studying Carnatic music registered a complaint via her mother Lalitha (who claims to be the daughter of director Puttanna Kangal’s brother) with the office of the State Commissioner For Persons With Disabilities in Bengaluru last month about varsity authorities denying her permission to take second semester exams.

Despite writing several letters to Music University and Principal Secretary of Higher Education Bharat Lal Meena, Lalitha did not get any reply. Finally, she complained to Commissioner for Disabilities. In her complaint, Lalitha claimed that her daughter Priyadarshini who is suffering from cerebral palsy has been prevented from writing exams due to shortage of attendance. She requested the commission to exempt her child from attending Indian constitution and language exams due to her illness.

The Commissioner for Disabilities K S Rajanna, along with Assistant Commissioner Padmanabha visited the music university and held a meeting with VC Sarvamangala Shankar, Registrar A Rangaswamy, Registrar (evaluation) M S Shekar and Finance Officer B Basavaraju over the varsity’s lapse in addressing the problem faced by a special child. Deputy Director of Women and Child Welfare Department K Radha, District Disability Welfare Officer Srinivas were present.

After discussing with the varsity authorities for more than two hours, it was finally decided that Priyadarshini’s case should be handled as a special case and she should be given admission for taking first year exams in her specialisation of Carnatic music during supplementary exam, which will be held in a few days.

The commission also directed the varsity authorities to make statutes with regarding to formulating question papers for disabled students. The question papers for languages and Indian constitution should have short questions with one and two marks which should be easy for students to write. Similarly, these special children should be allowed to take either Kannada or English language.

The commission also directed the varsity to provide ramps, parking place, toilets and other facilities to disabled students.

VC Sarvamangala Shankar said that all the recommendation made by the commission will be brought before the syndicate and academic council and a report will be sent to government for approval.

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