Delhi

Rules barring medical aspirants with 80% disability amended

Would be considered on a case-to-case basis, MCI tells HC

The PG medical education regulations that bar people with more than 80% disability from being admitted to medical courses have been amended, Medical Council of India (MCI) informed the Delhi High Court Wednesday.

A Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A.J. Bhambhani was informed by the MCI counsel that candidates who have a disability of over 80% would be considered on a case-to-case basis after determining their functional competency with the aid of assistive devices.

The MCI said in an affidavit filed through advocate T. Singhdev that with the prior approval of the Central government it has amended the Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000.

The amendments include that “persons with more than 80% disability may be allowed, on case-to-case basis, after determining their functional competency with the aid of assistive devices, if the same are being used, so as to assess if the disability is brought below 80% and also whether they possess sufficient motor ability as required to pursue/complete the medicine course satisfactorily”.

The court was hearing a plea seeking setting aside of the government notification in February barring people with more than 80 per cent disability from being admitted to medical courses.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on July 29.

The MCI also said that the Medical Counselling Committee (DGHS) vide its notice of March 15 has informed the candidates regarding the amendments to the Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000.

It has also informed that persons with disability, who had been earlier found to be ineligible, since their locomotor disability was more than 90%, would have to get themselves re-assessed from the designated disability centres so as to obtain a fresh disability certificate as per the amendment.

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