Madras HC asks NMC whether additional MBBS seats can be created for Govt school students
Tamil Nadu: The Madras High Court has recently directed the National Medical Commission (NMC) to confirm whether additional MBBS seats can be included in the existing pool of medical seats in the 24 government medical colleges of the state in order to accommodate the waitlisted medical aspirants under the 7.5% government school reservation.
If the seat intake of different medical courses can be increased, then government school students who are currently listed as waiting list candidates will be able to secure medical admission.
The court adjourned the plea to December 17.
In October, the Tamil Nadu government issued the Government Order (GO) for the implementation of 7.5 per cent quota within the existing reservation in MBBS, BDS and AYUSH courses for the students of state government higher secondary schools. As per the GO, 7.5 per cent of seats shall be set apart on a preferential basis to government school students qualifying in NEET, in admissions to MBBS, BDS, BSMS, BAMS, BUMS, and BHMS from the academic year 2020-21.
The setting apart of seats on a preferential basis is applicable to state quota seats in all government medical and dental colleges and all courses for which NEET has been prescribed as an eligibility criteria. It would be applicable also to seats allotted by the state government in self-financing medical and dental colleges, minority and non-minority (institutions) and under all disciplines, the G.O said.