NEET UG 2022 Reservation: The notification of the Medical Entrance Exam NEET-UG 2022 (NEET 2022) has been issued on Wednesday, 06 April 2022. National Testing Agency (NTA) has also released the application form for NEET-UG along with the details of NEET Exam 2022 at around 8 pm. Just a day after this, that is, on Thursday, 7 April 2022, the Madras High Court has given a decision on the matter of reservation in NEET-UG. The High Court has refused to do away with the 7.5 percent reservation given to government school students in NEET. That is, this reservation will be applicable for MBBS / BDS admission in Medical Colleges of Tamil Nadu.

 Some of the petitioners together had petitioned against the 7.5 percent reservation for government school students in NEET admission. His demand was that this quota of the reservation should be abolished for admission to medical UG courses. The petitioners challenged the policy of reservation by questioning the constitutional validity of this quota.

The previous government had implemented reservations:

The AIADMK government had announced a 7.5 percent reservation for government school students in UG admissions in medical colleges in Tamil Nadu. This quota has been recommended by an expert committee. Its aim was to fill the gap between rural and urban and poor and rich in medical admission.

 However, a bench of Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari, Justice D Bharat Chakraborty, hearing in the Madras High Court, asked the Tamil Nadu government to “review this reservation quota after five years”. Also, take effective steps to improve the quality of education in government schools so that there is no need to increase the reservation again after the next 5 years.

 The 7.5 percent horizontal reservation for government school students in Tamil Nadu medical admissions was implemented in October 2020. Under this, the students studying in government schools of Tamil Nadu from classes 6th to 12th are given the benefit of a 7.5% reservation in the admission to state medical colleges through NEET. Government schools here do not include other government schools such as government-aided or panchayat union schools.

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