The state government will not reserve the 10% quota for economically weaker sections (EWS) in the general category in admission to MBBS courses this academic year.
Medical Council of India (MCI) had recently written to the government to apply to increase the number of seats to reserve the same
Every state government can take appropriate decision after a detailed study. As of now, there is no change in the prevailing rule and admissions will be completed this year without any change,” said principal health secretary, Dr Rajan N Khobragade.
For providing 10% EWS quota for MBBS course, only colleges that have 200 seats or less will see an increase in the number of seats. In Kerala, except for one government medical college, others — eight government medical colleges, one government self-financing colleges and 15 private medical colleges — meet this criterion. To reserve the 10% EWS reservation quota, the increase has to be 25% of the current intake, according to MCI’s guidelines.
The central government has recently introduced EWS reservation, which calls for 10% quota for those candidates who belong to general category in government jobs and educational institutions. This was done by adding clauses for the same in the Indian Constitution (103rd Constitution Amendment Act, 2019).
As per MCI guidelines, the increase in seats would not entail any corresponding increase in infrastructure or faculty right now.