New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Can colour blind students be allowed to pursue medical courses, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Medical Council of India (MCI). Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Govt Employees, Pensioners of THIS State to Get 3% Hike in Dearness Allowance From March | Details Here

A division bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar asked the MCI to inform it of its decision before September 12, the next date of hearing. Also Read - BJP Governments in Nepal, Sri Lanka? Tripura CM Reveals 'Amit Shah's Overseas Expansion Plan'

The apex court’s query comes after an expert committee of senior doctors, appointed by the court, opined that such students could be allowed to pursue the MBBS courses. Also Read - New Delhi, Goa and Mumbai Top Booked Destinations by Indians During Valentine’s Week

Calling the rule barring colour-blind people from medicine “regressive”, the panel said the guidelines need to be revived and that many other countries allow colour-blind students into medical courses.

The court was hearing a plea by two medical aspirants who were denied admission after clearing the entrance examination in 2015 as they were suffering from partial colour blindness.

They had first approached Tripura High Court which had turned down their plea.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.