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Any rules for the disabled to study physiotherapy? HC to council 10.11.22

Mumbai: Bombay high court (HC) on Wednesday sought to know from Maharashtra State Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Council (OTPC) if there are rules for admission to the physiotherapy course for persons with disabilities (PWD)

Justices Sanjay Gangapurwala and S G Dige directed the council be made party to a petition by Zill Jain who was certified by a medical board with 40% visibility and ineligible for admission to the physiotherapy course.

Recently HC, considering that the last date for online admission was October 27, allowed Zill to fill the form and take part in the admission process subject to further orders of the court.

Zill’s advocate Sumit Kate informed she was granted admission to Nair Hospital. At the October 21 hearing too, the judges had asked if there are admission rules for PWD to the physiotherapy course. Advocate for National Medical Council said there is a 2002 special act related to the OTPT course and under it there is a special committee which would be able to redress Zill’sgrievance. Agreeing with him, the judges said the council must be added as a party to get its response.

At a previous hearing, Zill’s advocates informed that her elder sister with 75% disability (low vision) was given admission to course and has now completed her post- graduation. They relied on a Bombay HC 2010 judgment where a 100% disabled blind candidate was allowed admission to physiotherapy course. Therefore, Zill was granted interim relief for admission.