Plea challenges two hand requirement for medical course admissions: HC seeks Centre stand


The Delhi High Court on Thursday sought response of the Centre on a disabled girl’s plea difficult a provision within the General Medical Admission Regulation which requires each fingers to be intact for being thought-about for a medical course.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued discover to the ministries of Health, Human Resource Development and Social Justice in addition to the National Medical Commission, Safdarjung Hospital and Lady Hardinge Hospital looking for their stand on the girl’s petition.

The petitioner, Baibhavi Sharma, who has just one arm from delivery had certified the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG), 2020 and was allotted a seat in Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi in MBBS course below individuals with incapacity (PWD) class.

“Unfortunately, her aspiration to become a doctor has come to a grinding halt on account of her being declared ineligible in the light of the condition in the Graduate Medical Admission Regulation 1997 which requires — ‘both hands intact, with intact sensations, sufficient strength and range of motion are essential to be considered for medical course’.” the petition filed by means of advocate Mrinal Gopal Elker stated.

During the listening to, the bench requested Sharma’s lawyer how an individual with one or no fingers can turn out to be a physician and noticed that there would make certain sorts of jobs for which sure disabilities can’t be accommodated.

Sharma’s lawyer stated the authorities have to look at every case on its deserves and there can’t be a blanket prohibition which is the impact of the situation given within the regulation.

Her petition has claimed that regardless of her incapacity, “she has a consistently good academic record, can swim, cycle and skate and is able to do all her day to day activities without any assistance”.  Her petition seeks a route to the Centre to withdraw/cancel/withhold the situation below problem.

She has additionally sought setting apart of the incapacity certificates issued to her which states she shouldn’t be eligible for medical and dental programs.


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