New Delhi: The Central government on Thursday announced a 27 per cent reservation for OBCs and a 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections in the all-India quota scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses.
The revised reservation formula will be applicable to all undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses, including dental, and will come into effect from this year’s (2021-22) admission itself.
Around 1,500 OBC students in MBBS and 2,500 OBC students in postgraduation will benefit from this reservation every year, along with 550 students from economically weaker sections in MBBS and 1,000 in post-graduation, every year.
PM Narendra Modi hailed the decision as a ‘landmark’ one.
“This will immensely help thousands of our youth every year get better opportunities and create a new paradigm of social justice in our country,” the PM tweeted.
Lauding the Modi government’s historic decision, Union Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted: “The landmark decision is in-sync with the reforms carried out in the field of medical education since 2014. Without reducing the number of seats available for the unreserved category, this step will benefit more than 5500 students from the backward & economically weaker sections.”