97% Quota in Two UP Medical Colleges

Posted In Education, India - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 With 0 Comments

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Uttar Pradesh is probably going to be the first state in the country to reserve 97 percent seats in two medical colleges for the SC/ST and OBC students, on the plea that the colleges have been established under a Special Component Plan (SCP). These colleges are in Kannauj and Jalaun districts, political fiefdoms of Samajawadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The plan is to create 100 seats in each college, and reserve 70 percent seats for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste/ Tribe and 27 percent seats for OBCs (other backward castes), leaving just three percent for the open category. The OBC quota is mandatory. The Mayawati Government’s decision has jolted the state Medical Education Department, though no one is in a position to question or advise against the move, notwithstanding the fact that the Supreme Court has consistently ruled (specially in Indira Sahni vs State case) that the total percentage of reservation cannot exceed 50 percentage under any circumstances. Senior officers are at a loss to comprehend the rationale behind the government’s decision, apprehending that it would take only a PIL (public interest litigation) to put an end to the whole plan, besides creating a huge political controversy.

The Medical Education Department has already sought permission from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to start admission for the 100 seats in each medical college.

The MCI has conducted the inquiry into the matter, and its decision regarding the permission will come soon enough.
Sources in the department said that in case the MCI grants permission, the department (government) would have to sort out any controversy likely to arise, before the counselling starts. According to Principal Secretary, Medical Education Department, Harbhajan Singh, the state government had taken the decision in February itself, and had instructed that information regarding the government decision be included in the CPMT (Combined Pre-Medical Test) brochure. However, keeping in mind the sensitivity of the matter, the department had merely mentioned in the  brochure that quota issue in the two medical colleges would be ‘according to the state government directives’.

The CPMT was conducted on June 4. The results are expected on June 20 and counselling for the prospective candidates is likely to begin in the first week of July and conclude by July 17. Under the SCP, every government department will have to put aside a certain part of the budget allocated to it, on the condition that such schemes will benefit 70 percent of candidates belonging to the SC/ST category.

A news report.

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