[AI] HC Seeks Govt Take On Admission To disabled

shahnaz shycurrim at yahoo.co.in
Wed Jul 28 04:38:34 EDT 2010

HC seeks govt take on admission to disabled
Shibu Thomas, TNN, Jul 28, 2010, 03.12am IST

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government 
to clarify
its stand on allowing visually challenged and other disabled students 
from pursuing
professional and health science courses.
The court was hearing a petition filed by a 17-year-old visually 
challenged Ruparel
College student who is seeking admission to the physiotherapy course 
at G S Medical
College attached to KEM Hospital. A division bench of Chief Justice 
Mohit Shah and
Justice S C Dharmadhikari has sought the information from the 
government by August
The judges have also asked the authorities to allow the student, 
Kritika Purohit,
to attend lectures, even as the bench asked the Directorate of 
Medical Education
and Research to keep one seat vacant.
Kritika's lawyers, Jamshed Mistry and Kanchan Pamnani, informed the 
court that she
had cleared the MH-CET (Maharasthra common entrance test) and medical 
tests and was
ranked third in the physically challenged category. The government 
sought a year's
time to make arrangements for visually challenged candidates to take 
the course.
The court has asked the petitioner's lawyers to make state disability 
G S Medical College and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, 
parties in the
Kritika, one of the first visually challenged students to get 
admitted to the HSC,
science stream, in the state, after scoring 82% in her SSC 
examinations, moved the
High Court when she was barred from appearing for the MH-CET examinations.
The High Court intervened to allow her to appear for the exams.
The state pointed to the Medical Council of India rules, which 
specify that only
a disabled person with a locomotive disability of the lower limb (50% 
to 70%) could
apply for MBBS courses.
According to Kritika's lawyers, the state has not applied its mind on 
whether visually
challenged students can pursue other health science and paramedical 
courses such
as physiotherapy, which do not involve invasive surgical procedures.
The Persons With Disabilities Act makes it mandatory for 3% 
reservation for disabled
persons in college admissions. Students who are visually challenged, 
though, are
unable to get admissions to several courses, her lawyers have claimed.


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