Coming to the rescue of two polio-affected persons who had been denied admission to post-graduate medical courses, the Bombay high court on Friday directed the Directorate of Medical Education and Research to consider the cases of Dr Sachin Makne and Dr Abhijeet Bhavsar.
A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice DY Chandrachud asked the authorities to consider them for non-clinical and para-clinical post-graduate medical courses.
In 2004, when both appeared for the common entrance test for medical courses, the authorised medical boards had certified that their disability was below 70% – a permissible limit under rules framed by the Medical Council of India.
Dr Makne completed his BDS course from the Government Dental College and Dr Bhavsar completed his MBBS course from the Government Medical College at Dhule.
Seven years later, when both sought admission for post-graduate medical courses, they got certificates showing percentage of their disabilities beyond 90%, although neither of them had any progressive disability. City-based All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation certified that Makne’s disability of lower limbs was 94%, while it was 96% in Bhavsar’s case.
Counsel for the duo, VM Thorat, told the court that the authorities did not take into consideration their functional capacity, and merely considered the percentage of their disability.