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Modi announces 27 per cent quota for OBCs, 10 per cent for Economically Weaker Sections in medical courses Quota|Medical Courses
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Modi announces 27 per cent quota for OBCs, 10 per cent for Economically Weaker Sections in medical courses

IBNS | @indiablooms | 29 Jul 2021, 08:46 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: In a significant step ahead of polls in various states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday announced a 27 per cent quota for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and 10 per cent for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in medical courses.

The quota will be available under the All India Quota Scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Announcing the step, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "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 postgraduate medical/dental courses from the current academic year."

"This will immensely help thousands of our youth every year get better opportunities and create a new paradigm of social justice in our country."

This decision would benefit nearly 1500 OBC students in MBBS and 2500 OBC students in post graduation and also around 550 EWS students in MBBS and around 1000 EWS students in post graduation.

The All India Quota (AIQ) Scheme was introduced in 1986 under the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court to provide for 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% of total available UG seats and 50% of total available PG seats in government medical colleges. Initially, there was no reservation in the AIQ Scheme up to 2007. In 2007, the Hon’ble Supreme Court introduced a reservation of 15% for SCs and 7.5% for STs in the AIQ Scheme.

When the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act became effective in 2007 providing for uniform 27% reservation to OBCs, the same was implemented in all the Central Educational Institutions viz. Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Harding Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University and Banaras Hindu University etc. However, this was not extended to the AIQ seats of State medical and dental colleges.

The decision has gained political significance as Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will face a litmus test in the country's most populous and caste-dominant state, Uttar Pradesh, which will go to polls early next year.