Dated: 04/08/2018

Three students having different disabilities were denied admission in MBBS course under the quota meant for the physically handicapped after they have approached to Gujarat high court.

The first student Ganesh Baraiya from Talaja in Bhavnagar district is of a short stature with only 109 cm height. The state government says that his disability is 72%.

Second student Muskan Shaikh is from Vadodara. She got injured in an accident and her right hand had to be amputated a couple of years ago. The government has adjudged her disability at 75%.

Third student is Hina Mevasiya from Jasdan town in Rajkot district. She is paraplegic with having disability in her left hand. She has been declared 50% disable.

These students had applied for MBBS and insisted on admission under reservation for physically handicapped persons according to government’s policy. The Admission Committee for Professional Undergraduate Medical Courses rejected their cases claiming their percent of disability is more than the upper limit permitted for admission in medical courses.

The students moved the HC through advocate Rahul Sharma, who placed reliance on the Right of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. A committee constituted under this law has said that all persons with physical disability between 40% and 80% are eligible for admission in medical courses.

After a preliminary hearing, the bench of Chief Justice R S Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi ordered for impleading the Medical Council of India (MCI) in this case as a party to resolve the issue in this petition. The court has posted further hearing next week, when the state government too is expected to present its view on the matter.

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