Dr. Suresh Advani voices his support for the differently abl
Medical Council of India (MCI), in its latest guidelines, has said people with certain disabilities cannot pursue MBBS, the 71-year-old oncologist Dr. Suresh Advani, with 80% locomotor disability, makes a case for allowing disabled students to chase a career in medicine.

Dr. Advani, who was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2012 works for 14-15 hours daily, attending to at least 100 cancer patients, many of them from across the country. Besides the Padma Bhushan, Dr. Advani was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2002 and the Dr B C Roy national award from MCI in 2005.

“For a body like the MCI, the rules they make should be realistic. They should guide rather than obstruct,” he says. He says that instead of making disabled students ineligible, the MCI “must guide them on how they can pursue medical education”.

“If the government does not let a student try, how will they prove themselves. I do not support reservation, we don’t need any. And I also don’t support the idea of making disability an eligibility criteria,” he says.

When he was just eight years old, Dr. Advani suffered from polio, which left him wheelchair-bound. He completed his school education in Mumbai’s central suburb of Ghatkopar. When he was 18, he sat for the medical entrance exam. “Even then, there was discrimination. I was refused admission,” he says.

He was later granted admission after he presented his case to the state government. Dr. Advani went on to pursue a Masters degree in general medicine from Grant Medical College, working for over 24 hours at a stretch during his residency. “All I needed was some help from friends when there were steps, or places where the wheelchair could not go,” he says.

When he was 28, he moved to London where he worked for three years. On his return, Advani worked at the Tata Memorial Hospital for 25 years, before starting his private practice. As a consultant at four hospitals, he begins work around 10 am and ends around midnight.

Following the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, which expanded the disability list from seven to 21, the MCI, on the directions of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, set up a medical counselling committee to frame guidelines for medical students with disabilities.

The guidelines, released in June, mandate that students with certain disabilities like autism, a range of hearing disabilities and locomotor disability beyond 70% are ineligible to pursue medical education under disability quota.

The inspiring story of Dr. Advani gives a hope to those medical aspirants who want to pursue medicine as a career but are unable to do so due to the MCI guidelines.

Recently, the Delhi High Court came to the rescue of a student with a hearing impairment and directed the Centre and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to allow her to participate in the admission counselling process to enroll for MBBS/BDS courses. Read more about the case here: https://pxmd.co/GyCt6

Should the MCI go through the guidelines once again to ensure that the able candidates are not left out? Please share your views in the comment section below!

Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/this-oncologist-has-some-advice-for-mci-on-disability-students-5289401/
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Dr. A●●y D●●●r
Dr. A●●y D●●●r Internal Medicine
Definitely they should review , so that more no.of students should get admission and pursue their dreams !!!
Aug 5, 2018Like
Dr. R●●●●h K●●●r
Dr. R●●●●h K●●●r General Surgery
Yes its very true story .i met him in TMH .we have proude up on him.
Aug 6, 2018Like