[AI] supreme court opens up medical studies for v i friends

BHAWANI SHANKAR VERMA bsvermadurg at gmail.com
Thu Jun 3 22:41:13 EDT 2010


good achievement, we must salute a petitioner's struggle.

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From: "raghuraman" <thinkdontblink at gmail.com>
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Subject: [AI] supreme court opens up medical studies for v i friends


> SUPREME COURT OF INDIA OPENS DOORS FOR MEDICAL STUDENT WITH VISUAL 
> IMPAIRMENT
> A recent judgment of the Supreme Court of India appears to have opened new 
> opportunities for the visually impaired. A young student, Nitin Mantri, 
> had dreamt of becoming a Doctor from his early years: not an uncommon 
> dream among the youngsters. What made the dream of Nitin so special was 
> the fact that he was visually impaired. Due to his visual impairment, 
> there were strong chances of his denied admission to a Medical College.
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> The inspiring stories of blind and low vision doctors are not absent from 
> our memory. One immediately recalls the name of Late Salma Maqbool of 
> Pakistan, who not only was a successful practicing doctor, but was an 
> important leader in the blindness field.
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>
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> Despite knowing that the road may be difficult for him, Nitin persisted 
> with his dream and tried to seek admission in a medical college.  He 
> scored much higher percentage of marks than the cut off percentage, yet he 
> was denied admission. He was admitted only after the High Court of Madhya 
> Pradesh intervened.
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>
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> Social, administrative, and political prejudices cannot be easily set 
> aside. His institution as well as the Government of his State appealed in 
> the Supreme Court of India.  After 9 months of toil, Nitin obtained the 
> judgment in his favour: "There are no rules to bar a visually impaired 
> student from studying medicine", the Supreme Court ruled.
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> The ruling is important not just for Nitin Mantrie but for the entire 
> visual impairment sector. Its significance rests in two respects. Firstly, 
> it has opened new avenues of study and employment for the visually 
> impaired. The Supreme Court of India judgment can be cited as an example 
> by individuals and blindness organizations in other countries to obtain 
> similar facilities in their respective countries. The UNCRPD already 
> advocates the principle of "Reasonable Accommodation". This principle can 
> help us in opening up new opportunities in the areas of education and 
> employment.
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> Secondly, the case in reference brings an important message to all of us. 
> That is that given the will and determination, the most difficult doors 
> can also open. So finally it is clear: the cure to our problems lies only 
> with us.
>
> taken from asian blind union june edition
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> cheers raghu
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