OBC Quota in Medical Seats in Central Colleges only, Says Centre to Madras High Court

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OBC Quota in Medical Seats in Central Colleges only, Says Centre to Madras High Court

The Indian Government has informed the Madras High Court that in all probability, it will not admit OBC students under the All-India Quota (AIQ) medical seats in government colleges, unless the Supreme Court decides in that direction.

The government said that since 1986, OBC candidates have been accommodated in AIQ seats only in central institutions, not in state government colleges.

Earlier, political parties from Tamil Nadu had filed PILs demanding 50 percent reservation for OBC students according to the 69 percent reservation formula in Tamil Nadu. 

According to the parties, assuming that central rule will be followed for AIQ seat allotments, at least 27 percent of seats ought to be reserved for OBC candidates.

In response, the Centre said that it has been allotting AIQ seats for OBC quota only for central government institutions, but added that in respect of SC and ST students, it has been extending the quota in all medical colleges. The Centre filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court to this effect.

The case has been adjourned until 8 July.

The Centre suggested that the parties be directed to get themselves impleaded in the pleas pending before the Supreme Court to avail themselves of similar reservation benefits. 

The Centre was also opposed to the interim prayers of the parties to stay the admissions to the postgraduate medical courses, saying that it would exacerbate the pandemic in the country by affecting treatment availability.

The Director-General of Health Services conducted the selection for admission to postgraduate medical courses for this year and declared the results on 11 April, in accordance with the instructions given by the Supreme Court.

“Results for the second round of counselling were declared on June 16 and candidates are in the process of reporting to the allotted institution,” the Centre said.

“Any interim order at this stage would affect the hospitals to which the selected candidates were allotted more particularly when there is a shortage of medical staff due to COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Tamil Nadu government has also moved the Madras High Court, aiming for a directive from the Court to the Centre for reservation for OBC candidates in the AIQ seats surrendered by it for the undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses.