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NEET aspirants stage massive protest demanding 10 % reservation for MBBS seats           

“We are students of NEET-UG under EWS category, we have been allotted 10 percent reservation after the amendments. We have been given only 5 percent reservation and the rest of quota is given to others,” a student said while staging protest in Srinagar

Jammu: Demanding 10 percent reservation in allotment of MBBS seats by Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) under EWS (Economically Weaker Section) category, scores of NEET qualified on Saturday staged a protest demonstration in Kashmir on Saturday.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is an all-India pre-medical entrance test for students who wish to pursue undergraduate medical (MBBS), dental (BDS) and AYUSH (BAMS, BUMS, BHAMS etc.) courses in government and private institution in India and also, for those intending to pursue primary medical qualification abroad.

The test was conducted in September 2021. However, the result was delayed due to COVID pandemic and announced in November in last year.

“We are students of NEET-UG under EWS category, we have been allotted 10 percent reservation after the amendments. We have been given only 5 percent reservation and the rest of quota is given to others,” a student said while staging protest in Srinagar.

“We want to know under which rules, the authorities have curtailed our quota,” she said adding that they also staged mass protest and taken up the issue in High Court.

She further alleged that the authorities giving 10 percent reservation quota to EWS students in BDS counselling and other students.

“Only MBBS students given 5 percent reservation under EWS quota but this year we urge government to allot our share,” she said

Similarly, the students in Jammu also express anguished for not applying constitutional provision of EWS reservation to Jammu and Kashmir.

 

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“We were promised to that 10 per cent reservation will be given out of total allotment of MBBS seats,” a student said.

She added after amendment in 2019, the government assured to allot more seats and 10 percent reservation was extended.

“If the 10 percent reservation is allotted for EWS why the same is not being implemented in J&K,” she said.

With objective to seek clarification on the issue, The Dispatch attempted to reach BOPEE chairman but he was not accessible at this moment.