Kerala HC seeks government stand on plea seeking aided arts, science college for deaf students

Kerala HC seeks government stand on plea seeking aided arts, science college for deaf students

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New Delhi, Updated on Mar 28, 2022 10:13 IST

The Kerala High Court admitted the society's petition and issued notices to the state and the Mahatma Gandhi University seeking their stand on the plea, which has also sought affiliated from the university for the aided college for deaf students.

Kerala HC seeks government stand on plea seeking aided arts, science college for deaf students

Kerala HC seeks government stand on plea seeking aided arts, science college for deaf students

Kerala High Court has sought a response from the state government on a charitable society's plea seeking sanction to begin an aided arts and science college for deaf students from the academic year 2022-23. The Kerala High Court admitted the society's petition and issued notices to the state and the Mahatma Gandhi University seeking their stand on the plea, which has also sought affiliated from the university for the aided college for deaf students.

The Sacred Heart Clarist Province Charitable Society, in its plea, has said that it runs St. Clare Oral Higher Secondary School for the deaf at Manikkamangalam where 230 students are studying. It had applied for sanction and NOC, in August last year, for starting an aided arts and science college as it had the necessary infrastructure of 5.71 acres of land and building, including a residential accommodation facility for 100 students, the petition has claimed.

It had also moved an application before the varsity seeking affiliation for the college which would offer a degree course in Computer Science for 24 students, the plea has said, as reported by PTI.

Senior advocate Jaju Babu, who represented the society in the matter, told the court that the state government informed it that a policy decision has been taken not to open new aided colleges in Kerala. However, the government has given a no-objection certificate (NOC) for starting new self-financing/unaided arts and science colleges for the academic year 2021-22 itself, he added.

The society has claimed that apart from its school, about 125 deaf students successfully complete higher secondary courses from Kottayam, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts of Kerala and they suffer due to want of specialised colleges for deaf students.

"Half of them passing out of the Higher Secondary Course every year are denied opportunities for college education. It is unfortunate that there is no aided college in the state for the deaf, other than three special colleges affiliated to Kerala University and Calicut University," the plea has said.

The society has contended that being a college for educating the deaf, "there is no justification for the government or the University denying sanction and affiliation". "Higher learning/college education to the deaf is the need of the time," it has further contended.

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