HC recommends handicapped student for PG admission

The judges ordered the authorities to consider a physically handicapped student`s case for admission to MD Course.

Mumbai: In a relief to a physically handicapped student, the Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra Government and concerned authorities to consider his case for admission to the post graduate medical course in seats reserved for physically handicapped candidates in the inservice quota.

Admitting a petition filed by Dr Nandu Chandrabhan Wanve, Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Nitin Jamdar, on June 26, said "we are inclined to grant interim relief to the petitioner on the basis of earlier judgements of this court".

Accordingly, the judges ordered the authorities to consider his case for admission to MD Course in the inservice quota for physically handicapped candidates.

The petitioner had passed MBBS course and joined the Maharashtra Health Services in 2006 as ad hoc medical officer and in 2009 he was selected by Maharashtra Public Service Commission for the post of Medical Officer. Accordingly, he has been rendering service of Medical Officer in rural areas.

While seeking admission to MBBS course, he had applied in the category of physically handicapped candidates on the basis of certificate issued by Civil Surgeon, General Hospital in Osmanabad on December 17, 1990. In the certificate he was shown to be physically handicapped due to post polio in the right leg and his disability was assessed at 50 per cent.

However, at the time when the petitioner`s case came up for counselling for admission to MBBS course in 1996, he was informed that he was eligible for admission to MBBS course even in the open merit category on the basis of his marks and if he opted for open merit category, another candidate would get the seat reserved for physically handicapped.