Spate of Favourable Court Orders Ensure PwD Students Get Rightful Place in MBBS

New Delhi: Three recent court orders, one by the Supreme Court and two by the Delhi high court, have not only provided great relief to persons with disabilities aspiring to be doctors, but have also ensured that candidates belonging to hearing impairment, specific learning disability and blood disorder related disability were allowed admissions in different medical institutions in Delhi.High court bench clears MBBS admissions of PwD candidates falling under three categories
In the most recent of these orders, a division bench of the Delhi high court cleared the admission of PwD candidates with hearing impairments, specific learning disabilities and blood disorder-related disabilities into MBBS courses this year. The court’s intervention was necessitated since all these admissions were cancelled on the basis of Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines of June 2018. Issued after the declaration of NEET 2018 exam, these guidelines had prevented PwDs with such disabilities from either pursuing medicine or availing 5% cent reservation under the physically handicapped quota.

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