Odisha Assembly Clears Deck For 15% Medical, Engineering Reservation For Govt School Students

The Odisha State Legislative Assembly has cleared a resolution seeking the introduction of 15 per cent reservation in medical and engineering courses for the students studying in government schools. The resolution was introduced in the House by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Last year, the Odisha Cabinet had cleared the resolution and formed a high power committee headed by Justice AK Mishra. The committee had recommended the reservation in medical and engineering courses for the government school students.

The decision was taken by the state government citing inequality in quality education between the private and government school students.

“After introduction of Common Entrance Exams like NEET & JEE, number of students from Govt schools & colleges getting selected in these courses is getting reduced considerably – not due to lack of merit, rather for their inability to fare better due to lack of proper coaching. Such common entrance tests require specialised training which is available only in coaching centres. Students studying in Govt Schools and Colleges lack both physical and economic access to coaching centres, resulting in inequitable conditions for majority of students,” Naveen Patnaik tweeted.

While moving the resolution the Chief Minister also quoted the findings of the committee. As per the committee’s report, 86 per cent of the students in Odisha study in government schools and they get only 23 per cent seats in medical colleges and 21 per cent seats in state engineering colleges. About 12 per cent of the students studying in private schools occupy as high as 60 per cent seats in both medical and engineering courses.

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