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Supreme Court issues notice in plea challenging reservation for OBC, EWS within All India Quota for post-graduate medical courses

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New Delhi Sept 17(ILNS): The Supreme Court today issued a notice in a plea challenging 27% a plea challenging 27% reservation for OBC & 10% for EWS in 50% All India Quota Seats in admission to PG Medical Courses.

The bench comprised of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice B.V. Nagarathna heard the matter seeking quashing of the notice dated 29th July 2021 which applies reservation requirement to the seats of NEET All India Quota and states that the matter will be tagged along with the matters filed in regard with the same issue.

Senior Advocate, Shyam Diwan along with AOR Vivek Singh appeared on behalf of the petitioners, candidates submitted that it is clear to overcome the difficulty of institutional preference and a high percentage of reservation of Court directed that 50% of seats should be reserved in PG medical course for All India Quota, which will be without any reservation. But the notification which reserved 27% to the OBC candidates and 10% EWS reservation in All India Quota, is not only in clear contravention of the Apex Court’s judgment but also defeats the entire purpose for which these seats were carved out and reserved. 

The petitioners submitted various judgments of the Apex Court which state that no unequivocal terms have held that the requirement of the reservation should not apply to the seats of All India Quota. 

“Excessive reservation compromises the minimum standards of education. The government cannot compromise the standard of education or lower the efficiency of scholars to the detriment of the National Interest. In the larger of the nation, it is dangerous to depreciate merit and excellence in any field. This Hon’ble Court has time and again reiterate that selection on merit in technical courses would be in the National interest and for improving the standard of higher education and thereby improving the quality of available medical services to the people of India.”, submitted by the Petitioners through the Writ Petition. 

It was further reminded that “All India Quota Scheme is in existence for the last 35years (since 1986) and the application of OBC reservation to AIQ seats after 35years of its existence is arbitrary, unjustified and against the public interest.”/ILNS/KR/SNG

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