AIIMS, PGI ranked best by HRD on 'false' report
New Delhi: In a shocking revelation, it has come to notice that National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), an arm of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, ignored the 'false' data of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on facilities for physically challenged students (PCS) and ranked AIIMS as best institution in the medical category.
As per the data analysed by Millennium Post, it has been found that both AIIMS and PGIMER, Chandigarh have reportedly submitted 'false' reports on the facilities for physically challenged students (PCS) in their institutions.
Even though both the institutions failed in adhering to 'outreach and inclusivity' (OI) parameter norms, they have given full 20 marks, while rest other institutions that participated in the NIRF ranking submitted marks as per the compliance of the guidelines.
Other medical colleges have admitted their lack of disability-inclusive features and ranked by NIRF as per their scorecard. The Christian Medical College, Vellore has been ranked at third position with 14 as PCS score, while Kasturba Medical College, Manipal has been adjudged as the fourth best medical college with PCS score of 9 and Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore is at 16 rank with PCS score of 17.
Other institutions that have submitted their 'actual' PCS score include Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi (PCS score 9), Panjab University, Chandigarh (PCS score 17), Aligarh Muslim University (PCS score 9), Banaras Hindu University, (PCS score 17), Annamalai University (PCS score 9), etc.
"Both the top two medical institutions (as per NIRF rankings) have failed to install lift/ramps for physically challenged persons and have managed to get PCS score of 20. In AIIMS, the BB Dikshit Library has stairs only and there is lift/ramp. Similarly, the boardroom doesn't have an accessible toilet," said Dr Satendra Singh, who is an associate professor at GTB Hospital and disability rights activist.
"The similar is the case with PGIMER. The institution had admitted in March this year that it has no facilities for disabled persons as library and toilets in PGIMER are not disabled-friendly," Singh said.
"The government led by PM Modi is leaving no stone unturned to make all institutions, public places accessible for disabled, but when premier institutions work like this and submit false data, it's hard to believe that disabled would get their accessibility rights ever," Singh added.