Supreme Court issues notice to Centre on plea challenging AIQ for medical studies

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Swarna Shukla-

Published on: September 6, 2021, at 18:23 IST

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Central Government on a petition challenging the reservation in the All India Quota (AIQ) for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical and Dental courses from the academic year 2021-22 onwards.

The reservation status for Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates is 27% and for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) candidates is 10% in MBBS, MD, MS DIPLOMA, BDS, MDS courses.

On July 29, the Government announced the reservation for the candidates of the abovementioned classes, estimating that 5500 students would be benefited every year.

It was stated by the Government that the MBBS seats have been increased by 56 % from the year 2014 to 2020 while PG seats have been increased by 80% from the year 2014 to 2020.

The All India Quota Scheme was introduced in the year 1986, under Supreme Court’s direction, providing domicile-free-merit-based openings to students from any state who was willing to make a their career in medical field.

At the commencement of the scheme there wasn’t any reservation. In 2007, the Supreme Court introduced seat allocation.

When the Central Educational Institution Act came into effect, which provided 27% seat allocation to the Other Backward Classes, All India Quota Scheme was not covered under the said Act.

Later with the Central Government’s decision for providing 27% seat allocation for the Other Backward Classes and the 10% for the Economically Weaker Section, the All India Quota Scheme was covered too, supporting all the students from the weaker sections across the country.

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