Distressed at not being allowed to apply for the post of Assistant Professor of Physiology advertised by the Union Public Service Commission, Dr. Satendra Singh, a polio survivor and Assistant Professor of Physiology at the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi, has appealed for help.

After an article published in The Hindu earlier this week, Dr. Singh was called for an interview. “Having being rejected twice by the UPSC to apply for the post of Assistant Professor of Physiology when I finally got a call from them I was happy. On Tuesday (November 12) afternoon I received a fax from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare directing UPSC to accept my candidature,” said Dr. Singh. But he claims that his happiness was short lived.

“I got to know that the Commission had allowed only me (as a person with disability) to participate in the interview,” said Dr. Singh.

Accusing the Commission of being discriminatory against persons with disability, he said: “By calling only me for the interview the Commission is snatching away the chances of other doctors who are good only because they are persons with disability. Both the advertisements had posts where disabled doctors cannot apply. Why shouldn’t the Commission be directed to allow all eligible candidates to participate in the interview?”

Dr. Singh has now approached a court seeking assistance to direct the UPSC to allow all the eligible disabled doctors to participate in the interview and remove the ‘discriminatory requirement’ where disabled candidates have to post photograph showing their disability.