Lucknow, Apr 15: Giving clarification on the reports of abolition of quota-based reservation for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other Backward Castes (OBC) in private medical colleges, the Uttar Pradesh government informed that the new order only reiterated an old one which did not provide quota for SC, ST and OBC candidates in private medical colleges. We had reported earlier, based on information collected by other website, that the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government was planning to scrap reservation for SC, ST and OBC students in private medical and dental colleges. But the private colleges don’t have any such quotas that government medical and dental colleges have, clarified the UP government.

According to the clarification of the UP government, the only new thing in the March 10 order is including the private medical and dental colleges under National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) system. There were no changes in quota system for private or government colleges. Reportedly, the order was issued by the outgoing Akhilesh Yadav-led government and has now been implemented by the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government.

According to media reports, director general medical education Dr VN Tripathi has asserted that the reservation was never a part of the admission process in private sector medical and dental colleges as per the prevalent policy made in 2006. “There has been no change in any policy whatsoever,” he was quoted as saying.

He also informed that the March 10 order has brought the private medical and dental colleges under the umbrella of National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test for the first time. “Seats in these colleges for post graduate courses are being filled through the NEET score,” Tripathi was quoted as saying.