Counselling to be given to student who threatened suicide after medical study was cancelled

The Medical Council of India has asked a college in Karnataka to provide counselling to a second year MBBS student who has threatened suicide after his admission was cancelled because of a severe visual disability.

The student Suresh's condition has been found to be incurable after an examination and the MCI says it cannot allow him to continue doing an MBBS course.

19-year-old Suresh from Raichur in Karnataka cannots see beyond 8 centimetres. He threatened suicide after the MCI found his condition too severe for a medical degree and cancelled his admission to the Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences.

The MCI has asked the college and Raichur district magistrate to handle the case sensitively. The cancellation order has come after Suresh finished one year of his five-year medical program.

MCI rules permit only disability in the lower limbs to be considered for admission to medical colleges. A candidate has to fall under the 50%-70% severity to be eligible for a reserved seat. Anyone with a more severe condition is not eligible.

The Parliament passed a bill in December 2016 providing 5% reservation without exception to the disabled in all educational institutes.

However, Suresh cannot benefit from the law as it came into force in April 2017, almost a year after he joined the college.

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