HC upholds FTII decision to reject colour blind candidate
3rd March 2017
The Bombay HC on Tuesday upheld the decision of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) not to grant a colour blind candidate admission to the film editing course. A bench of Justice Shantanu Kemkar and Justice Prakash Naik was hearing a petition by Patna-based Ashutosh Kumar who was shortlisted for the PG diploma course.During medical examination, he was found to be colour blind and his admission was declined in view of FTII rules, which state that colour blind candidates are not entitled to get admission in various courses including film editing. Kumar's advocate Kartikeya Bahadur argued that colour blindness is not a blindness with the meaning of Persons with Disabilities Act and as such the denial on the basis of colour blindness is illegal.The judges noted that FTII has an admission committee of experts to review the admission criteria. The HC said when an expert body has fixed eligiblity criteria and carved out six courses in whihc colour blind candidates are not suitable, the denial of admission cannot be said to be illegal or arbitrary.