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Medical Council of India issues guidelines to bar candidates with learning disabilities

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has introduced new set of guidelines for candidates with learning disabilities who plans to join MBBS courses. This has put the future of many candidates with learning disabilties at stake!

According to the new guideline, people with not less than 40% learning disability cannot apply for MBBS courses under the disabled quota. More than 110 candidates have been found eligible to join the course under the reservation quota for disabled students under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPWD). Due to this new guideline, eight students with learning disabilities will not be allowed to join the course!

Entrance exams were conducted on May, and the results had already come out in June. All of these students had cleared the exams as well. This new guideline has agitated disabled students, parents, psychologists and experts from the field.

The students approached the Bombay High Court, but it did not yield any results. Now, they are all set to go to the Supreme Court to raise their concern hoping for justice.

Whereas, MCI strongly says that only candidates who comes under the list of 21 disabilities of the RPWD are eligible for MBBS seats. Learning disabilities never came under this quota.

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