Published: 21st September 2018
Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court directs medical seat for visually challenged student
Allowing the plea, Justice V Parthiban cited the Right to Persons with Disabilities Act, 2018 which ensures reservation for the differently abled persons
The Madras High Court Bench at Madurai allowed a petition filed by a partially visually impaired medical aspirant seeking medical seat after he was rejected owing to a disability certificate which declared him 90 per cent impaired.
Allowing the plea, Justice V Parthiban cited the Right to Persons with Disabilities Act, 2018 which ensures reservation for the differently abled persons and directed the Secretary of Selection Committee to allot a seat to the aspirant. The student J Vibin of Tenkasi in Tirunelveli district had submitted in his petition that he was visually impaired to the extent of 75 per cent as per certificate issued to him by the Government of Tamil Nadu.
Though he qualified in the NEET exam, his application for admission had been rejected as the certificate issued to him by the Madras Medical College prior to the admission 'wrongly' declared him to be 90 per cent impaired, stated Vibin and had approached the Court seeking direction to grant admission. Vibin had secured 285th rank under physically challenged category in NEET exam. Upon participating in online counselling, he had been allotted medical seat at Pudukottai Government Medical College, where he had been denied admission citing the above reason.