Published: 24th June 2019
No orders to implement 10 per cent EWS reservation, confusion persists in Andhra medical colleges
The admission for MBBS through NEET UG 2019 has been initiated in the State and the NTRUHS issued a notification in that regard recently
Will the 10 per cent reservation for Kapus and other Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) get implemented in the Andhra Pradesh state medical colleges from this academic year? The chances are very less as the officials concerned didn't receive any orders from the State government, which is yet to frame guidelines for its implementation.
Though the previous TDP government passed a Bill allotting 5 per cent quota for Kapus and 5 per cent for EWS under the 10 per cent quota for EWS in government jobs and educational institutions, it didn't send orders to departments such as Education and Medical and Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC).
For NEET PG counselling, which took place in April, the NTR University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS) did not implement the 10 per cent reservation as they didn't receive clear instructions from the State government.
The admission for MBBS through NEET UG 2019 has been initiated in the State and the NTRUHS issued a notification in that regard recently.
In the all-India quota, the 10 per cent reservation for the EWS is being implemented and even the Medical Council of India (MCI) has given directions to State governments to increase the number of seats in medical colleges for implementing the same. However, the State government is yet to issue orders for the implementation of the EWS quota. With this, a large number of students might lose their opportunity because the MCI, which gave nod for increase of seats, might withdraw it if the State government doesn't implement the 10 per cent EWS reservation from this year.
With the MCI nod, 200-500 medial seats are expected to be added to the existing 4,000 seats in the State colleges.
Earlier, the NTRUHS officials held a meeting with the State government officials over the implementation of EWS quota in medical colleges from this year. However, the meeting failed to take a decision.
Meanwhile, the NEET UG admissions under the national pools has started and the first phase will conclude on Monday. After completion of the first counselling under national pool, the first phase counselling under the State pool has to be started. However, the NTRUHS was unable to take a decision on 10 per cent EWS reservation. Meanwhile, the university has released notification for admission in UG medical seats.
Speaking to TNIE, S Appala Naidu, Registrar of NTRUHS, said, "We have no clarity on the implementation of 10 per cent reservation and we need to get orders from the State government. The counselling for UG medical admission is likely to get be started from the first week of July. If we don't get order from State government regarding 10 per cent reservation for EWS and Kapus, then we will not implement it this year."
It is mentioned here that the Telangana government on Friday decided to implement 10% reservation for students hailing from EWS for admission into government medical and dental colleges from this academic year.