From a correspondent
Agartala, Sept 18: The Supreme Court in a land mark verdict said that persons with colour vision deficiency can pursue the MBBS course. A three-member bench headed by the Chief Justice Deepak Mishra and Justice A M Khanulkar and Amitabha Roy in their fil verdict on September 12 stated that persons with colour vision deficiency also may go for post-graduate and super-specialty courses in certain subjects.
Two meritorious students, Pranoy Kumar Podder and Sagar Bhowmik were denied admission in MBBS course in both the medical colleges of Tripura, the government run Agartala Government Medical Collage and the society run Tripura Medical College, due to their colour vision deficiency.
The Apex court earlier constituted a committee to examine the Medical Council of India’s guideline in this regard. The committee comprised experts from AIIMS, PGI-Chandigarh, MCI the amicus curiae in the case, and another advocate.
The Court passed the order on the basis of the expert committee report that stated that persons with colour vision deficiency may pursue the MBBS course and post-graduate courses in certain streams like psychiatry, Preventive Medicine, Atomy, Pharmacology and Aesthesiology.
Arun Chandra Bhowmik, a senior advocate of Agartala, who moved the petition in the Supreme Court along with K V Mohon expressed satisfaction that no more meritorious student will be deprived of pursuing higher studies due to a wrong conception. He said that the Court also ordered the medical colleges to admit both of them in 2018 academic session.