Express news service
NEW DELHI: A group of health professionals with disabilities raised the issue of the Indian Nursing Council (INC) restricting the five percent reservation in the BSc nursing course only to people with lower limb disabilities and that too for 40 to 50 percent of people with disabilities.
Responding to the concerns, Dr Satendra Singh, founder of Doctors with Disabilities: Agents of Change, wrote to the secretaries of the Union Ministry of Health and the Department of Disability Empowerment, as well as the chairman of the ‘Indian Nursing Council (INC).
“Unlike the competency-based curriculum of the National Medical Commission (formerly MCI) in 2019, which lacked the keyword ‘dignity’, the revised INC curriculum emphasizes disability, diversity and human rights. man and mentions the term “dignity” in six places, ”the letter to INC read.
“However, there are a few areas of concern and we would like to highlight for your immediate attention and rectification – barriers to eligible learners with disabilities; obstacles for color blind candidates; lack of disability skills to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in the school curriculum; barriers for eligible learners with disabilities, ”the letter added. However, according to the group, the INC did not respond to the letter and therefore wrote to the Union Ministry again.
“The reservation policy states that a five percent disability reservation should be considered for applicants with disabilities with a locomotor disability of 40 to 50 percent of the lower limb,” the letter read. The group called for the repeal of the “discriminatory” clause, to involve nurses with disabilities and disability rights activists in the development of new guidelines and to include disability skills in the new curriculum.