Madras HC Directs Centre to Set Up a Committee on OBC Quota

The Madras High Court asked the Centre to form a committee to review the issue regarding admissions into various state-run dental and medical colleges for OBC quota under the All-India quota. The committee includes representatives from the state, center, and the Medical Council of India [MCI]. The Madras High Court informed the committee to establish the same with the aforementioned representatives.

Some of the Government and political parties of Tamil Nadu haven’t supported the Centre’s decision over providing 50 percent OBC reservation for UG, PG and dental courses in state-run colleges under the All-India Quota in the academic year 2020-21. The political parties include DMK, PMK, AIADMK, and others who opposed the center’s decision. Meanwhile, the Madras High Court has been hearing the pleas by these parties.

Madras HC Directs Centre to Set Up a Committee on OBC Quota
Madras HC Directs Centre to Set Up a Committee on OBC Quota

The court has reviewed the plea submitted by the center and it witnessed that there are no legal restrictions in offering OBC reservations in the All-India quota seats. Still, the court said that there could be some interferences in the policy matters of the Government. Previously, the Supreme Court asked the Madras High Court to contemplate over the merits of all pending petitions before looking for the implementation of 50% OBC reservation in All-India quota seats for dental and medical courses in the state.

Each state comprises a specific percentage of seats across Government medical and dental colleges for the domicile students. The remaining seats will fall under the All-India quota. Tamil Nadu has allotted 15% of its medical seats to the All-India quota. About 69% reservation goes to BC, SC and ST students in Tamil Nadu as per the 1993 Act protected under Article 31-B. The 50% OBC quota in Tamil Nadu state is comparatively more than the 27% Central OBC quota across AIIMS and other central universities.

The court said, ‘Reservation is not a legal and fundamental right.’ The bench said that it cannot intervene in the policy matters of the Government except in the case it affects the fundamental rights. Moreover, the bench was not issuing a positive order ostensibly to offer OBC reservations considering the established law. However, some of the political parties still oppose the court’s decision. Stay tuned to this website for more educational news.

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