Delhi high court has directed Indraprastha University to admit a student suffering from thalassaemia in the MBBS course under the disability category in any of its three colleges.
The court’s order came on a plea by the student suffering from the blood disorder, which said thalassemia was one of the disabilities recognised under the statute and he cannot be denied admission under the persons with disabilities (PWD) category.
The three medical colleges under the university are Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, North Delhi Municipal Corporation Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital and Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital.
It noted that the status of the youth was changed from general category to PWD on July 16, 2017 and he had participated in the two rounds of counselling on July 24 and August 12.
According to the new act, thalassaemia is an inherited blood disorder, falls under the category of benchmark disability.
The university told the court that though thalassaemia was now recognised as a disability under the new Act, its hands were tied in the absence of a go-ahead from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to treat a thalassaemia patient as being entitled for admission to the MBBS course.
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