Starting 2018, the Medical Council of India will start allowing MBBS admission to a select list of 21 categories cof candidates who are physically disabled.
This brings down curtains on a 20 year old battle and after Supreme Court’s intervention.
This decision was taken on 31 October, 2017 in the Council’s General Body Meeting and it incorporates the country’s revised disability law.
The 21 categories include blindness, low-vision, hearing impairment, locomotor disability, dwarfism, intellectual disability, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.
Till 2017, Medical Council of India allowed only candidates with below 70% disability of the lower limbs to study medicine.
It may be noted here that rules for Medical education in European and Central Asian countries encourage people with Physical disability to become Doctors and many such Indian students apply for MBBS in Kyrgyzstan and MBBS in Europe.