Government of India  announces Quota for OBCs and for EWS in AIQ seats of medical and dental courses

Date: 29th july

On Thursday there was announcement by government that from this current academic year, 2021-2022 under the scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses there will be  quota of 27% for OBCs and 10% reservation for the economically weaker section category in the all India quota (AIQ)  .

On Monday, meeting was held in which union ministries were directed by the Prime minister to facilitate an effective remedy to this issues, which is being pending from long time – added by health ministry

Further it added  1500 OBC students in MBBS and 2500 OBC students in postgraduation and almost 550 EWS students in MBBS and almost 1000 EWS students in postgraduation would be benefited from this decision.

Both backward category and also EWS category  will be provided with the due reservation committed by the present government. A decision has been taken by the Union government that reservation for OBCs will be 27 percent and on the other hand reservation for EWS will be 10 percent under AIQ scheme , stated by the ministry.

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This historic decision has been praised by Union Health Minister – Mansukh Mandaviya

The government has taken this decision in the field of medical education in our country.

As this (AIQ) is a central scheme so central list of OBCs would be used for this purpose.

Now from the whole country, OBC students would be able to take the benefit of this and can compete from any state for the seats.

This scheme was launched in the year 1986
Under the direction of the supreme court in which any student from any state wants to study in other state’s good medical college then students would be provided with the domicile-free merit-based opportunities.

In govt. medical colleges , out of the total available UG and PG seats, 15 and 50 percent are for all India quota respectively.

Till 2007 no reservation was available in the AIQ scheme.

Also in the scheme reservation for SCs and STs of 15% and 7.5% was introduced by the supreme court respectively in the year 2007.

When in 2007 central educational institutions (Reservation in admissions) act became effective then to the other backward classes reservation of 27% was provided after this all the other educational institutions implemented  the same , some of them are Safdarjung Hospital, the Lady Hardinge Medical College, the Aligarh Muslim University and the Banaras Hindu University. On the other hand state medical and dental colleges did not implement this under the AIQ.

The students of EWS category  would get benefit if they want to take admission in higher educational institutions as provision of  10% reservation was enabled for them, as in 2019 constitutionl amendement was made.

So if make calculations then in next two years i.e (2019-20 and 2020-21) the number of seats would get increased in dental and medical colleges as to cope with additional 10 per cent EWS reservation as to make sure total number of seats would remain same for the unreserved category.

Further statement said the benefit was not extended in the AIQ seats so far.

Besides with the reservation for OBCs of 27% , reservation for EWS of 10% was also extended under the AIQ  scheme for the students (undergraduate/postgraduate) of(medical/dental) courses of the current academic year 2021-22.

The decision made reflects government’s  commitment for backward and EWS category students, to provide them due reservation.

Since 2014 many reforms have been carried out in the domain of medical education, so this decision was made in comparative to that.

If we see the data so from the last six years MBBS and PG seats in the country has gone by the 56% and the 80% respectively i.e for MBBS (54,348 in 2014 to 84,649 in 2020) and for PG (30,191 in 2014 to 54,275 in 2020).

So if we count the number of colleges till today’s date our country has 558 (289 government and 269 private) medical colleges. Also 179 new medical colleges were also added in the list.

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