The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will now expand the definition of persons with disabilities to include dyslexia under it. This comes a day after The Hindu reported that candidates like Sohan Sinha (name changed), a dyslexic, were being denied reservation under the differently-abled category for appearing for the Common Admission Test (CAT) and for admission to MBA course.
Had not the IIMs decided to include dyslexia under the differently-abled category, people like Sohan Sinha would not have been able to appear for the CAT under the differently abled category.
Despite the Delhi High Court’s 2010 Order to consider dyslexia under mental retardation, the IIMs had initially refused to allow dyslexic candidates to register under the persons with disability category citing that ‘The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995’ had not been amended.
CAT 2013 convener Rohit Kapoor told The Hindu that the IIMs had arrived at a consensus to include dyslexia under the differently-abled category after a meeting on Friday.