NEET 2021: OBC students' body thanks Education Minister Pradhan for 27 percent quota
Delhi: The members of All India OBC Students Association have expressed their gratitude towards the Union Government for its decision to implement 27 percent reservation for the OBC community in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
The members of the students' body, on Monday held a meeting with Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. The students from the OBC association shared valuable suggestions with the Union minister on ways to ensure empowerment and welfare of their community, Pradhan as quoted saying by IANS.
"I assured them that the Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will work and do everything possible to widen the spectrum of opportunities for the marginalised and weaker sections of the society," he added.
Previously, Medical Dialogues team had reported that reviewing the situation of OBC and EWS reservation in All India Quota (AIQ) for MBBS, BDS, and PG medical seats, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directed the concerned ministries to resolve the matter on priority, and finally, the last month, the matter was announced. Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) president Mayawati termed the Centre's decision to give OBC Quota in medical colleges admission as a late step and claimed that it was a decision for political interest.
IANS reports that this year, NEET (Undergraduate) 2021 exams will be conducted across the country on September 12 following all necessary Covid-19 protocols. This is the first time that NEET will be conducted in 11 other languages, including Punjabi and Malayalam.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) is arranging the entrance test centres across various cities on the basis of preference of the students appearing for NEET. The cities are being allotted based on the preferences given by the candidates.
"To ensure maintaining social distancing norms, the number of cities where NEET exams will be conducted has been increased from 155 to 198. The number of examination centres has also been ramped up," Pradhan added.