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10 percent EWS quota in PG Medical Admissions: SC seeks reply from MCI, Maharashtra Govt


10 percent EWS quota in PG Medical Admissions: SC seeks reply from MCI, Maharashtra Govt

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has sought a reply from Maharashtra government and the Medical Council of India (MCI) on a plea seeking a direction to the state government not to implement the 10 per cent quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) General Category students in the PG medical admissions.

The apex court bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Aniruddha Bose has asked the authorities to apprise it of the status of admissions for PG medical and dental courses under 10 per cent quota for students belonging to EWS across all classes.

The petition, filed by Janhit Abhiyan, had come up before a vacation bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai and Surya Kant.

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha had cleared the bill on January 8 and 9 respectively, and it was signed by President Ram Nath Kovind. The quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.

The quota will be provided from the academic year 2019-20, in both private and government-aided colleges.

Advocate Nishant R Katneshwarkar, appearing for the state, told the bench that it has given the benefit of 10 per cent reservation and seats under the quota were already filled up for this academic year.

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The bench, which posted the matter for further hearing on May 30, asked the advocate to file an affidavit giving the current status.

The apex court is seized of a batch of petitions challenging the validity of the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019 which allows the grant of quota in jobs and education to EWS. It earlier refused to stay the Centre’s decision but agreed to examine the validity of the law.

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Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that 10 per cent reservations in the general category for the EWS in medical courses in Maharashtra had been challenged in the Bombay High Court by a group of students.

The petitioners contend that the decision is discriminatory as it takes the overall reservation to 76 per cent, leaving very few seats for remaining students in the open category.

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Last month, taking cue from the Ministry of Health regarding bringing of 10 per cent EWS quota in PG medical seats at  government medical colleges across the country, the MCI had written to the various state governments and medical colleges asking them to provide preliminary details for the same

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Recently, the Supreme Court rejected the petitions filed by the meritorious students challenging the ordinance which allowed PG medical admissions to the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) candidates this academic year.

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  1. What a tragedy with this country,where after getting the MBBS degree,we still feel backwards and want reservation.It means in India ,even after acquiring degrees,we are backwards,and students whose parents are worked hard,and done well,then their children are forced to suffer,why.Simply we want to promote non working atmosphere,as it seems working is sin in this country.Instead of promoting merits,we simply want to promote other things,one way or other.This is really shining India