Ahead of the January 14 All India PG Entrance Examination for admission to Medical Courses, the Centre on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking permission to provide 15 per cent and 7.5 per cent reservation to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes respectively under the Central quota from 2007-08.
This follows an undertaking given last year during the hearing of a PIL to the court by the Government that it would implement the 22.5 per cent reservation for SC/ST students in the Central Quota from the next academic year.
The petition had challenged the bulletin of information issued by Delhi University, which calculated the 22.5 per cent after deducting the 50 per cent seats from the central quota.
Centre and states share the seats in the proportion of 50:50 and as per the existing system of reservation provided only under the state quota. This was done in view of a Constitution Bench judgment in February 2005 directing that 50 per cent of All India Quota (Central Quota) should be exclusive of any reservation.
The petitioner had contended that the SC/ST candidates could not be deprived of their constitutionally guaranteed right to reservation in the Central Quota.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India YK Sabharwal posted the matter for hearing on January 12, after the Centre's counsel mentioned the application for an urgent hearing. The Centre's plea was likely to be formally allowed on the next date.
Conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the All India PG Entrance Examination 2007 is to be held on January 14. As per the schedule approved by the apex court results would be declared in mid-February, counseling would take place in May and the whole admission process is to be completed by June for commencement of the session in July.
Earlier, the Centre had told the court in May last that it was difficult to grant reservation to SC/ST candidates in the 2006-07 session in view of the February 2005 order.
Lot of confusion prevailed during the admission process to PG Medical courses last year. The Supreme Court passed an interim order for providing 10 per cent reservation to SC/ST candidates but later vacated it after the Centre gave an assurance that the reservation in All India quota would be implemented from the 2007-08 session.
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