Bombay HC notice to Centre, NMC on disabled woman being refused admission to medical course

The Bombay High Court not too long ago directed the Union Ministry of Health, the National Medical Commission (NMC) and the Maharashtra authorities to reply to a plea by a scholar with an amputated higher limb, who approached the court docket alleging discrimination, as she was not allowed to pursue a medical course on the grounds of her incapacity.

The scholar, Anita Shinde, has claimed that previously, many like her had acquired admission to such programs and she or he being denied the identical alternative was arbitrary.

A division bench of Justice S C Gupte and Justice S P Tavade was listening to the petition filed by Shinde on January 13. Her lawyer Gaurav Bansal knowledgeable the HC that Shinde had appeared for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination in 2020 and secured 60.64 per cent marks.

Following this, she had utilized for admission in an undergraduate medical course.

Bansal added that as per the 2019 notification of the Medical Council of India (now often called National Medical Commission), having an higher limb incapacity made Shinde eligible for admission below the individuals with incapacity quota, which she availed.

Bansal mentioned that whereas the commissioner of the Disability Welfare Commission had directed the Disability Assessment Board – which had licensed that Shinde was ineligible for admission – to contemplate her incapacity with essential assistive units, the board didn’t pay heed to the identical, prompting the petitioner to transfer HC.

After listening to the submissions, the bench sought responses from the respondents inside per week. “The NMC is expected to remain present through authorised representative or counsel on the next date, since the issue is of some urgency,” the court docket famous whereas posting the matter for additional listening to on January 20.


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