Unfilled seats under disabled quota reallocated
At least 75 more aspirants for MBBS seats in the general
category will get through, as seats that went unfilled in the category for
candidates with disabilities this year were reallocated.
On Monday, the
first day of counselling for medical admission, candidates under sports,
ex-servicemen and physically handicapped category were called.
For the past two
years, the government has been reserving 5% of the total number of seats for
persons with disabilities. Yet, consistently the number of candidates who
apply, and later appear for counselling in both engineering and medicine has
been low. Last year, activists who have been fighting for the rights of the
persons with disabilities, had said awareness about the seats available to them
This year, of the
127 seats available for medical counselling only 74 applications were received
and 29 were filled. One candidate’s allotment, under the Backward Class
(Muslim) seat in Kilpauk Medical College, has been reserved for Person with
Benchmark Disabilities due to second physical examination to be conducted by
the regional medical board constituted at theRajiv Gandhi Government General
Hospital, said G. Selvarajan, selection committee secretary.
This year, the
officials had permitted persons with as much as 80% disability to participate
in counselling following the result of a court battle.
students with severe disability would be able to compete, especially in
demanding courses like medicine and engineering, a former administrator said
candidates with severe disability may find it difficult but that the demand for
equality had come from human rights activists and that had to be honoured.
There were eight
seats in sports (one for dental, seven for medical); and 11 for ex-servicemen
(1 for dental, 10 for medical). All seats in these categories were allotted.
In the sports
category, the first place went to Samitha S, a squash player, who was allotted
Coimbatore Medical College. Sukanthan E, a tennis player who has represented
India in Asian school games was placed third and Kaviyaa E, who was allotted
Tirunelveli Medical College was placed second on the sports quota merit list.
Source : The Hindu