As the news of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s orders pertaining to in Private Medical Colleges of the state made way, many people quickly jumped on the bandwagon to appreciate the Chief Minister. Even as we faltered and grappled to decipher the difference of truth versus rumours, the news spread quicker than wildfire. Indeed, a news about cancellation of SC, ST and OBC Quotas in UP Medical College was worthy of headlines. However, before people rejoice or criticize, it is important to understand what exactly is the truth of the order and more importantly, how the order would impact the students.
To begin with, it is important to note that the order is essentially a policy implementation of Akhilesh Yadav Government which essentially ordered all UP Medical Colleges, including the Private Medical Colleges to be placed under the ambit of NEET or the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. The order issued by the Yogi Adityanath does not prima facie abolish the entire quota system in the state. Furthermore, there is no cancellation of SC, ST and OBC Quota for Post Graduate Courses in Private Medical Colleges of the State as the same in fact do not exist. The order issued is only in effect implementation of the policy announced by a previous government. This however does not in any manner make the order any less important.
The exact quantum of the increase in number of seats open to all is yet to be calculated. With the UP CM promising opening of 6 New AIIMS and 25 New Medical Colleges, this order is sure to gain impetus. The advantage of no quota system would encourage private players to work in accordance with the government’s ambition of providing both quality education and effective healthcare facility to all. A leveled admission process is sure to add a steady mix of merit based specialized doctors to the state’s healthcare industry.
This order is limited in its capacity of adding the Private Medical Colleges under NEET and students seeking medical seats in the state. Furthermore, students must note that the order does not mention abolishing the quota in the post graduate seats in the Government Colleges.