Aspirants, experts react to SC verdict on EWS, OBC quota in NEET-PG
The Supreme Court on Friday, in an interim order, allowed resumption of medical counselling for NEET-PG admissions for the year 2021-22 and upheld the validity of 27 per cent OBC quota and 10 per cent reservation for the EWS category. For the academic year 2021-22, candidates whose yearly family income is less than Rs 8 lakh will be eligible to participate in NEET PG counselling for EWS quota seats. The OBC quota will also continue to be in place. The stakeholders, however, have shared mixed reactions to the apex court’s verdict. “Last year, no batch of resident doctors was taken onboard. The third wave has already arrived and the hospitals are not equipped with enough doctors to handle the workload. With the declaration, NEET-PG counselling is expected to be fast-tracked and a fresh cadre of doctors will join the hospitals,” Gupta said. Experts and academicians are also of the view that reservation quota cannot be implemented on the existing all India quota as it will minimize opportunities for general-category candidates. Head of career counselling at Allen Career Institute, Kota, Parijat Mishra, said, “The court’s decision is a well-thought verdict. But, the general category seats should not be reduced while implementing the EWS, OBC quota. Many premier institutes have introduced supernumerary seats to increase the seats and introduce reservations. Medical colleges will have to follow suit.” Khushi Tiwari from Rajasthan’s Karauli cleared NEET-PG 2021 in the general category with 74 per cent marks and is waiting for the counselling process to begin. She feels that the reserved quota will promote inequality.