All undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses, including dental, will have reservations for OBCs and economically weak sections from 2021 to 22.
New Delhi, July 29: In a historic decision, the Narendra Modi government announced a 27 per cent reservation for OBCs and a 10 percent quota for the economically weaker sections in the all-India quota scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses.
"Our Government has taken a landmark decision for providing 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Section in the All India Quota Scheme for undergraduate and post-graduate medical/dental courses from the current academic year," PM Modi said.
Further, he added, "This will immensely help thousands of our youth every year get better opportunities and create a new paradigm of social justice in our country."
The new reservation provision will be implemented in this year's admission as well, the government said. All undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses, including dental, will have reservations for OBCs and economically weak sections from 2021 to 22.
PM Narendra Modi, on Wednesday (July 29), in a meeting, had directed the concerned Union Ministries to facilitate an effective solution to this long pending issue. Nearly 1,500 OBC students in MBBS and 2,500 OBC students in post-graduation will be benefitted from this reservation every year, apart from 550 students from the economically weaker sections in MBBS and around 1,000 in the post-graduation, every year.
"The present government is committed to providing due reservation both to the backward category as well as the EWS category. The Union government has now taken a historic decision to provide for 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservation for EWS in the AIQ Scheme. The OBC students from across the country shall now be able to take benefit of this reservation in AIQ Scheme to compete for seats in any State. Being a Central Scheme, the Central List of OBCs shall be used for this reservation.," the government said.
What is AIQ scheme?
All India Quota scheme was introduced in 1986 under a Supreme Court direction. The aim was to enable students of another state to get reservation benefits in other states as well. Until 2008, there was no reservation in the All India Quota scheme. In 2007, the Supreme Court introduced reservations of 15% for SCs and 7.5% for STs in the all-India scheme.
What does this OBC quota in AQI means?
Students belonging to OBC can now apply to any government medical or dental college to any other state under this quota. This was a long-pending issue as OBCs did not have any all-India quota for medical admission. State government medical colleges have 15% reservation in undergraduate seats and 50% in post-graduate seats for All India Quota. Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled (ST)s has reservation under the All India quota. So OBC students, if migrated to another state, could not reap avail of any reservation.
Courtesy: News Bharati
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