February 01, 2007

Court clears Quota in AIPGEE

The Supreme Court on Wednesday approved the Centre's proposal to provide 22.5 per cent reservation for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe candidates under the all-India quota in postgraduate admissions to government medical colleges for 2007-08.

For 2006-2007, the Centre did not provide for SC/ST reservation under the 50 per cent all-India quota following a 2005 judgment, which said it should be exclusive of reservation. As a result, reservation was provided only under the State quota.

In May 2006 the court clarified that its judgment did not take away the constitutional reservation. At that time, the Centre assured the court that it was conscious of its constitutional obligations to provide reservation for the SC/ST under the all-India quota.

It sought permission to implement the proposal for the academic year 2007-2008, considering that the prospectus was already issued providing for such a quota with court approval.

This means that out of over 3,000 seats in 125 medical colleges, almost 700 will now be reserved under this quota.

The All India PG Entrance Exam held on January 14 will come under the purview of this new quota.

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