Special Correspondent

In Central quota in State Government medical institutions

  • Sends letter to Prime Minister
  • Welcomes quota for SC/STs
  • Suggests roster system in courses

    CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to implement 27 per cent reservation for students from Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the Central quota seats in State government-run medical institutions.

    These seats are filled up through all India entrance examinations (AIPMPD and AIPGMEE), he said on Wednesday.

    In a communication addressed to both the Prime Minister and Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss Mr. Karunanidhi said, "Considering the fact that only these examinations account for the huge number Central quota seats in medical colleges and the large number of OBC students aspiring for professional education, it is imperative that the reservation for OBCs should logically be extended to these examinations also."

    Welcoming the move to provide reservation for SC/STs in seats filled by the All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination introduced recently, he suggested that it be implemented in terms of individual courses offered through a roster system so that these students benefit.

    This pattern was successfully followed by Tamil Nadu and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, he said.