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Centre announces 27% quota for OBCs, 10% for EWS in medical education

Prime News, National, Education, Quota, New Delhi, July 30:- The central government has taken a historic and a landmark decision for providing 27 percent reservation for OBCs (Other Backward Classes) and 10 percent reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the all India quota scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses from the current academic year 2021-22 onwards.

The Union Health Ministry said this decision will benefit every year nearly 1,500 OBC students in MBBS and 2,500 OBC students in post-graduation.

The decision will also benefit around 550 EWS students in MBBS and around 1,000 EWS students in post-graduation. 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 July 26.

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 percent 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.

During the last six years, MBBS seats in the country have increased by 56 percent from 54,348 seats in 2014 to 84,649 seats in 2020. The number of PG seats have also increased by 80 percent from 30,191 seats in 2014 to 54,275 seats in 2020.

The Health Ministry said during the same period, 179 new medical colleges have been established and now the country has 558 medical colleges.

In a tweet, PM Modi said this decision will immensely help thousands of youth every year to get better opportunities. He said this will create a new paradigm of social justice in the country. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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