HC seeks govt. response on SC/ST reservation
PG medical admission in State colleges
The Kerala High Court on Tuesday sought the response of the State government to a plea for allocation of seats reserved for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) students in the postgraduate medical courses in various medical colleges in the State on subject/stream-wise, instead of allocating seats against the total number of seats.
The petition was filed by K. Viswanathan, former Deputy Director of Scheduled Caste Department. According to him, 10% seats were reserved for SC/ST candidates in government and private medical colleges for PG medical courses. In fact, these seats were filled through the Central pool allocation and State pool allocation. The seats for SC/ST students in the Central pool allocation was allotted by way of subjects/stream-wise allocation, while the State government allocates the seats against the total number of seats.
The petitioner pointed out that the Director of Medical Education had arbitrarily altered the reservation policy as regards the State pool allocation without the approval of the authorities concerned, including the National Commission for Scheduled Caste. As a result, the legitimate claims of Scheduled Caste students for seats in the clinical courses had been defeated. They were thus kept out of mainstream clinical courses. The petitioner said the new norm of allocation was formulated by the prospectus committee which was constituted without any government order.
The petitioner sought a directive to fill the State quota for Scheduled Caste students in the PG medical courses based on subjects/stream-wise.
Courtesy: The Hindu