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Seats for disabled students increased in postgraduate medical course admissions

Seats reserved for disabled students in postgraduate medical courses have been increased from 3% to 5%.

The Union Health Ministry has approved the changes in regulations for admission of people with disabilities in postgraduate medical courses.

This has been done as per the provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda has said that the increase in quota will ensure that disabled students get the benefits of reservation.

This will apply to all 21 benchmark disabilities as per RPWD Act, 2016.

Students with any of the 21 benchmark disabilities can now register for admission to medical courses in India.

As per RPWD 2016, the 21 types of disabilities include hearing impairment, locomotor disability, dwarfism, intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and thalassemia, among others.

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