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Government officials sceptical over new quota in medical courses for disabled students

March 23, 2018

The central government recently passed an order that the quota for post-graduate courses in medicine for students with disabilities will be increased from 3 to 5%. Admission into post-graduate courses will be provided under a reserved category.

This new order has come as a breather to many students with disabilities who want to pursue a career in medicine. But many officials in the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare are doubtful about how a disabled doctor can treat a patient.

They have raised concerns over how a blind or deaf doctor can interact and treat a patient who needs emergency medical care. Until now, only students with 40 to 70% lower limb disability could pursue the course. Now, more than 20 disabilities have been added to the student with disabilities quota.

The categories of disabilities include blindness, low vision, leprosy-cured persons, hearing impairment (deaf and hard of hearing), locomotor disability, dwarfism, intellectual disability, mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.

This new order that was passed by the ministry has been in favor of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

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