Kerala HC orders MG University to consider the request to operate the college for the deaf as an independent institution.

Kerala High Court orders university to accept application for designation of university for hearing impaired as an unaided facility . The order came following a letter made by the Sacred Heart Clarist Province Charitable Society seeking compensation for the facility for the blind in the unaided self financing category .

Kochi, Kerala: The Kerala High Court has ordered the Mahatma Gandhi (MG) University in the state to accept an application for a designation of a university for the hearing impaired as an unaided facility.Justice Devan Ramachandran ordered the university to review the petition submitted by the charitable association that would run the college and to issue appropriate orders before December 15.The case was adjudicated to be heard on December 16 by the court in an interim order.The order came following a letter made by the Sacred Heart Clarist Province Charitable Society seeking compensation for the facility for the blind in the unaided self financing category.

He advised the court to encourage the varsity to consider allowing it to partner with the college and to ask the government to do so within a specified time frame.The organization has also requested that it be forbidden from resubmitting a new membership application, since that would take another year and jeopardize the students' rights.This is the second round of litigation in the case.The college had previously sought permission and recognition for operating as an aided institution in the academic year 2022-23, but the government denied it, citing financial difficulties.

The society had claimed in a previous complaint that hearing impaired students who successfully complete their higher secondary education course abandon later because there are no college education opportunities for them.The society told the court that it has a Higher Secondary School with a hostel for the hearing impaired, and that unless they open an aided college, the students graduating from there would have no other option but to abandon their further studies.On the other hand, the state government had held that aided colleges were not being sanctioned due to the anticipated financial burden.The state government was directed to reconsider the society's proposal for establishing an aided college in August, but only for students with hearing impairments, according to the court.

However, the society, concerned that the application process could take more than a year, as it did last time, sent a request to the High Court, seeking permission for its earlier request for protection to be processed under the unaided category.

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