PG medical students set to lose a year

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The whole admission process to the Post-Graduate (PG) medical courses in India has stalled as the Supreme Court is yet to take a call on the crucial income cap for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) among the forward communities eligible for seat reservation.

Almost 1.6 lakh young doctors, who are expecting PG admissions this year in the All-India Quota, are now apprehensive that they are going to lose a precious academic year as the admission process is already late by nearly a year owing to the delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Adding to their concern the court proceedings in the case has prolonged.

The Central Government has announced that it would not start PG counselling till January 6 when the Supreme Court takes up the EWS income limit case. The court proceedings are delayed as the government is mulling a rethink on the Rs 8 lakh income limit which would enable the EWS catergory to claim reservation benefits.

(The annual family income limit for EWS category is now Rs 8 lakh at the Central-level and Rs 4 lakh in Kerala. The States can take an independent decision on fixing this amount.)

The Central Government has already informed the Supreme Court that it is going to implement the reservation for forward communities this year itself based on the recommendations of the special committee appointed for this purpose.

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