The Delhi High Court will hold Delhi Judicial Service Examination to fill at least 60 posts of Lower Judiciary in Delhi soon. I have been constantly calling upon the Visually Impaired Candidates to come forward in large number and appear for this august examination to make at least some beginning. Why I say so is because, there are five posts reserved for the Candidates with Low Vision/Blind and out of these only one has been advertised for first time, the remaining four vacancies are carried forward vacancies. You will be amazed to know that one carried forward vacancy has been advertised for fifth time, 01 for third time and 02 for second time!!
This indicates that either the information is not reaching out to the blind candidates or they are not keen on it or they are not geared up/prepared for it or there are no eligible VH candidates available!! I am sure the latter one is not true for the data of students passing out from Law Colleges indicates a good number of VH students passing out successfully. Then where they are going? I am writing it here so that I am able to circulate this information to the largest network possible and assist them in preparation for the same.
I have been told by many prospective candidates that they need some training and coaching for this which is not available in their near vicinity. The Govt. or the Delhi High Court has not made any such arrangement so far to make some special efforts to fill these vacancies by way of counselling, coaching and training. A few professional institutes that exists are not geared up to handle the needs of the VH. Non-availability of study material in alternate formats and modern technology/gadgets are other stumbling blocks.
I had written an article some time back on what all it takes for a blind to become a Judge or hold a position in Judiciary here on this blog and I received many positive comments that it was not only able to sensitize many outsiders but also insiders of the Disability Sector and particular the Visually Impaired brethren. And they promised that they would surely be looking forward to the next advertisement for the recruitment.
How to apply for Delhi Judicial Service Examination 2010?
(a) Qualifications and Age: , Indian Citizen, Law Graduate from recognised university, practicing as an advocate or qualified for enrolment as an Advocate under Advocates Act, Not more than 30 years of age as on 01 January 2011. (Age relaxation applicable for SC/ST/Ex-servicemen/ Disabled as per rules) (Though advertisement doesn't say about age relaxation to disabled but it can be presumed in light of DOPT memorandum dated 29.12.2005 regarding the same (Click for Hindi version of memo)
(b) Now if you qualify in the above criteria, go and fetch the Application Form and DJS Registration form both by paying Rs. 100 (for Disabled, SC/ST) and Rs. 600/ (for General Candidates) on any working day between 03.11.2009 - 30.11.2009 (10.30 AM to 01.00 PM and 02 PM to 4 PM) from Filing Counter of Delhi High Court. Those who can't go, can ask for it by post also (refer to detailed advertisement)
(c) Important Dates : Submit the filled application in person (By hand) at Filing Counter till 4 PM on 01.12.2009 or by Registered Post Ack Due so as to reach not later than 4 PM on 01.12.2009.
Hoping to see many Blind/ Low Vision candidates competing and getting appointed this time!
Subhash Chandra Vashishth
Advocate, Disability Rights