The Government of Maharashtra has decided that the need to increase the number of seats in medical colleges of Maharashtra. The Government has decided to increase the seats by 2000 from the next academic year so that more students can take admission after the inclusion of quota for the Socially and Economically Backward Classes had been put in motion. Along with the increase in the number of seats for MBBS, the Medical Education Minister M Girish Mahajan also announced that the process for increasing the number of seats in the postgraduate medical seats is already in motion.
The step was taken as a response to the concern raised by NCP’s Hemant Takle. Sources state that Takle was concerned with the stance of the Government in regards to the Supreme Courts judgement for reserving 16% of the seats for the Maratha students belonging to the Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBC) in postgraduate medical seats.
A law was signed by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao last month, which provides the Maratha Students with 16% reservation under the Socially and Economically Backward Classes to take admission in the PG programmes for medical. However, Girish Mahajan pointed out the fact the students have faced difficulties with respect to the admission processes due to the inclusion of the 16% SEBC quota. He although had given a guarantee of another year to streamline the addition of the new reservation quota.
However, the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court had decided that the applicability of the 16% reservation quota of SEBC does not seem logical and therefore, should not be applicable for the admission processes PG Medical as well as Dental programmes for the current year. The state government, as well as many students who had already applied under the SEBC quota, have appealed to the Supreme Court for a suitable response to the High Court’s decision. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has decided to stick with the High Court’s decision.