The Department of Medical Education and Research, Punjab, is yet to take a decision regarding implementing the policy of 10 per cent reservation on MBBS and BDS seats for economically weaker section (EWS) candidates in the state.
In its notification for admission criteria on MBBS and BDS seats for 2019-2020 issued on June 6, the department has made no mention of EWS seats in the medical colleges of the state.
Satish Chandra, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, said the decision on the seat matrix for the EWS category was yet to be finalised. “For reservation of 10 per cent of total seats for EWS candidates from this year, the department will announce the increased number of seats after submitting its list to the Board of Governors in Suppression of the Medical Council of India,” he said.
Sources in the department said as there was some confusion about the implementation of EWS reservation policy this year, the board had extended the last date for submitting the details of the increased seats to June 11.
In order to implement the 10 per cent EWS reservation quota, the increase in seats has to be effectively 25 per cent of the current intake to ensure that the existing number of general and other quota seats is not affected.
As per the board’s guidelines, this 25 per cent increase in the seats would not entail any corresponding increase in infrastructure or faculty right now.- Tribune India