Govt announces 27 pct reservation for OBCs, 10 pct for Economically Weaker Sections in medical education
Government has taken a historic and a landmark decision for providing 27 per cent reservation for OBCs and 10 per cent reservation for Economically Weaker Sections in the All India Quota Scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses from the current academic year 2021-22 onwards.
Union Health Ministry said, this decision will benefit every year nearly one thousand 500 OBC students in MBBS and two thousand 500 OBC students in postgraduation.
The decision will also benefit around 550 EWS students in MBBS and around one thousand EWS students in postgraduation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directed the concerned Union Ministries to facilitate an effective solution to this long pending issue during the meeting held on 26th of this month.
The All India Quota Scheme was introduced in 1986 to provide domicile-free merit based opportunities to students from any State to aspire to study in a good medical college located in another State. All India Quota consists of 15 percent of total available Under Graduate seats and 50 per cent of total available PG seats in government medical colleges. Initially, there was no reservation in the All India Quota Scheme up to 2007.
The Health Ministry said, the present Government is committed to providing due reservation both to the backward category as well as the EWS category. This decision is also in sync with the significant reforms carried out in the field of medical education since 2014.