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MCI rules bar learning disabled from MBBS

July 12, 2018 06:34 AM

COURSTEY MIRROR JULY 12

MCI rules bar learning disabled from MBBS
SC to decide as admission of students under quota remains in limbo; doctors divided on quantification of specific learning disabilities; false certification being blamed
Rahi.Gaikwad@timesgroup.com
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A set of recent guidelines from the Medical Council of India (MCI) excluding persons with benchmark (not less than 40 per cent) learning disabilities from taking admission in MBBS course under the physically handicapped quota has dashed hopes of many students across the state. While the NEET exam was conducted in May and the results came out in June, experts allege that the government’s U-turn has come at the wrong time – just when it’s time to apply to colleges after getting allotted seats.

This year, out of 110 students eligible for MMBS in the five per cent persons with disability (PWD) quota, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Mumbai, declared eight students with learning disabilities ineligible, based on MCI rules for 21 benchmark learning disabilities.


After failing to get relief from the Bombay High Court, the aggrieved students approached the Supreme Court. With the apex court decision pending, the admission clock is ticking away. “If a SC order does not come by July 23, we will go ahead with the MCI guidelines, which means these eight students will neither be part of the PWD quota nor the admission,” DMER head Dr Pravin Shingare told Mirror, adding that learning disabilities were never part of the PWD quota; it was meant for physically handicapped students.

On June 5, MCI brought out a guideline report for admission of PWD to medical courses, specifying various criteria for physical, mental, intellectual disabilities, and speech, hearing and visual impairment.

For students with specific learning disabilities, which fall under intellectual disability, MCI has for now recommended ineligibility for the quota, and, in severe cases, ineligible to pursue MBBS because of the lack of objective assessment of learning disabilities and difficulty in quantifying the extent.

The council also stated, “For getting benefits of disability certificates, sometime family members play foul with the symptoms of mental behaviour disorders, especially in specific learning disabilities… Many cases were reported in clinical settings where the child and his/ her parents complained about false symptoms, so they can get certificates and send the child to a professional courses by using quota.” The report has divided the medical community with Mumbai psychiatrists refuting MCI’s claims.

“Where is the evidence that false certificates have been obtained? The report criminalises parents, teachers and psychiatrists. It is damaging because we are struggling to raise awareness about learning disabilities. Going by data from CBSE schools from 2014 and 2016, less than 1 per cent students have learning disabilities, while the global figure is 5-10 per cent,” Dr Harish Shetty told Mirror, criticising the guidelines in a blogpost.

Dr Rajesh Sagar, Prof, department of psychiatry, AIIMS, who was part of the MCI panel, said the report went beyond quota to look at the issue of disability comprehensively. “Quantification is important because we have to identify people who are not eligible. Unlike the west, Indian colleges are not equipped to teach students with specific learning disabilities

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