Physically Challenged Candidate’s Request For Admission Into PG Course Rejected By Supreme Court

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New Delhi, 1st December 2022: The Supreme Court turned down a request from a physically disabled applicant who was denied admission to a dermatology postgraduate programme at a West Bengal medical college because there was no state quota allocation for people with disabilities.


A bench made up of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, Justices J B Pardiwala and P S Narasimha said that it would not interfere at the last minute when it would harm another student who has already secured admission.


Although there are 27 seats set aside in PG programmes for physically challenged students, the student claimed in the petition that West Bengal does not offer a quota in admission to those individuals for the dermatological programme. Denial of the dermatology course quota was described as “arbitrary and discriminatory” in the plea.


According to the state government’s legal representative, quotas for students who are physically disabled are available if they place high enough on the all-India merit list. There is no provision for physically disabled students’ reservations under the state quota for PG admissions.