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Supreme Court panel says colour blind can be doctors

Colour-blind people can no longer be barred from practicing medicine. A Supreme Court-appointed committee has recommended that the discrimination on the basis of colour vision deficiency must be done away with.

The panel said that preventing colour-blind people from taking up medical studies is a backward step. The court had set up the committee made up of experts from various fields of medicine to review the rules on CVD in other countries.

The panel said that CVD is a common problem and does not impact a person's ability to practice medicine. They said there should be no restriction at any stage.

India is the only country where colour-blind people are denied admission in medical colleges. This is not the case in US, UK and other western countries.

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