Any student holding MBBS or BDS degree from colleges affiliated to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, is entitled to seat reservation in postgraduate (PG) medical courses, the Punjab and Haryana high court has ruled, declaring that domicile-based quota is illegal.
Disposing of six writ petitions challenging the PG quota on the basis of residence, the high court held that the notification of February 25 and the related prospectus issued by the university were illegal. It clarified that the state-quota PG seats in private colleges will continue.
The court held that the Supreme Court had scrapped the domicile-based PG quota already, and through the same order, the high court quashed 9% micro reservation, including 2% for sportspersons or children of some category of officers.
The high court has also directed the Punjab government to form a highly-qualified committee to set the percentage of reservation required for in-service PCMS (Punjab Civil Medical Service) doctors, keeping in view the prevailing situation.
The direction came after the counsel for petitioners in one of the cases argued that it was unfair to give close to 60% seats to these doctors who competed in small numbers.