Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced 27% quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC), 10% for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in all medical and dental courses under the All India Quota Scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Calling it a landmark decision, PM Modi said it will immensely help thousands of Indian youths every year creating a new paradigm of social justice in the country. The Union Health Ministry estimated that nearly 5,550 students will be benefitted from the decision. Government is committed to providing due reservation both to Backward Category and EWS Category, the Ministry said.
This decision will be applicable to the students of courses like MBBS, BDS, MD, MS, MDS and diploma medical courses from this academic year. Around 5,500 seats will be reserved in all for the communities thanks to this order.
This decision is expected to benefit every year 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 reservation will be offered under the All India Quota (AIQ) which have already offered 15% reservation to SC and 7.5% to ST category students. The new quota will be in addition to the existing norms.
Notably, 15% of seats in UG and 50% in PG are covered under the All India Quota in all state government medical colleges. Under this, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes get reservation, but there is no provision of reservation for OBCs.
Amid demands for reservation in the medical education sector, PM Modi held a meeting with senior officials including Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandavia on Monday evening.
This decision is also being seen in the context of next year’s Uttar Pradesh assembly elections where castes play a vital role. Earlier this month, recognising the importance of caste in UP assembly election, PM Modi had revamped the union cabinet after assessing the castes and sub-castes of their ministers.