Candidate with 80% Disability Refused Admission in MBBS Course

Affirming Kerala High Court’s order of refusal to grant admission to a candidate with 80% disability, the Supreme Court (‘SC’) held that the unsuitability of the student to pursue the MBBS course was reflected by the Medical Board and that the Court should not substitute its own views when the opinion of the Medical Board is available on the issue. The SC further observed that: “The experts from different medical discipline examined the extent of disability and determined in the report that the petitioner will not be able to provide basic lifesaving procedure and it will be difficult for the 80% disabled aspirant to pursue and complete the MBBS curriculum. If such be the categorical opinion of the Medical Board constituted on court’s order and the Prospectus permits determination of suitability to satisfactorily pursue the course, the denial of admission to the PWD quota seat for the appellant, cannot in our assessment, be faulted.”