A hearing-impaired doctor has written to the PGI director stating that the institute has been following old rules for disabled candidates who apply for MD/MS courses. The fact of the matter is that Disability Act, 2016, acknowledges 21 disabilities while allocating the seats under its ‘disabled’ category.
However, for this session, the PGI did not include 21 disabilities. Following this, Dr Damandeep Singh from AIIMS said that he applied for at the PGI but was not considered despite his meritorious rank. “I had applied under general category instead of the people with disability (PwD) and secured 2,687 rank, however, my candidature was cancelled,” Dr Singh said. “We had quashed the counseling as the candidate had filled under two categories and wants us to consider the percentage of disability as well,” said Dr Rajesh Kumar, dean academics at the PGI.
It has been learned that a Delhi-based NGO —Doctors with Disabilities: Agents of Change — too had pointed out deficiencies in the counselling process and written to the director PGI.
“Since the PGI has quashed the PwD counselling, I request the authorities to follow the PwD Act 2016 in letter and spirit and also consider the request of this candidate who has secured rank in general category but couldn’t apply in PwD category because of flawed guidelines earlier,” wrote Dr Satendra Singh, founder of the NGO. “The candidates who had applied under any category had considered the current prospectus. At this stage, it is not possible to change the prospectus. However, as we open admissions twice a year, we can examine the application for the next session,” the dean said.