Madras HC orders one MBBS seat to be kept vacant for candidate with 55% disability
Petitioner A Mathumitha had challenged the ban on disabled candidates, saying she could do non-clinical courses like microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and community medicineeducation Updated: Jul 12, 2017 12:52 IST
Chennai The Madras High Court has asked that a seat in an MBBS college be kept vacant for a girl student with 55% upper limb disability. A Mathumita , 18, challenged medical college admission rules which did not allow her to study medicine
The candidate wronte NEET examination this year and qualified. She was, however, in for a shock because after filing her application under physically handicapped (PH) category she was told that people with upper limb disability were ineligible as per clauses (1)(k), VIII (40)(iii)(a) and (e) which summarily excluded such candidates.
Justice K Ravichandra Baabu of the Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Selection Committee and the Directorate of Medical Education to keep one seat vacant in the MBBS course for 2017-18 for A Mathumitha till July 25 and directed that a counter affidavit be filed by then.
In her petition Mathumita submitted that the MBBS course was a common degree upon which several specialised PG courses, namely clinical and non-clinical could be done. Candidates who had completed clinical courses (medicine and surgery categories) alone could practice and treat patients. Non-clinical medical experts would be dealing with research and development and laboratory oriented jobs with the designations of doctors.
In such circumstances, those candidates with upper limb disabilities did not deserve any blanket denial of admission, she said. There were non-clinical courses like microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and community medicines which she could do, Mathumitha said.
“Therefore, the blanket ban on admission to MBBS course for candidates with upper limb disability is irrational, arbitrary and discriminatory and voilative Article 14 of the Constitution, petitioner contended.