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HC Notice On Quota For Poor Students In Medical Colleges

The high court has issued a notice to the state and Centre for not giving 10% reservation to economically weaker sections (EWS) in the NEET admission 2019.

This follows a petition by Amit Sharma and others who said that the vice-chairman of NEET/UG Medical Council Board, 2019, Rajasthan, had in its information booklet stated that 10% seats would be reserved for members belonging to the EWS community.

The Medical Council of India had on April 18 asked the state governments to send their proposals for increasing number of seats, essentially for implementing EWS quota. The ministry of health and family welfare had okayed the MCI’s plea.

In Rajasthan, 450 seats were increased in 9 colleges for implementing EWS reservation. It was also directed that 10% EWS reservation must be provided in all categories of medical colleges, including self-financing ones and the fees of the EWS seats must be within affordable capacity of the candidates, Shobhit Tiwari, counsel for the petitioner.

But consolidated data shows that against 2186 seats, EWS category was provided only 135 seats, instead of 218, including private medical colleges. – TOI

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