Assam Proposes Nri Quota In Mbbs
Assam's Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, has proposed amendments to the admission rules for MBBS and BDS courses in the state. These proposed changes were discussed in the recent state cabinet meeting. The cabinet has suggested a 10 percent reservation for NRI students who have successfully cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). The seat allocation for these NRI students will also include a deduction of 15 percent from the All India Quota.
During the weekly #AssamCabinet meeting, several decisions were made, including the following:
✅ Reservation for OBC/MOBC (non-creamy layer) in MBBS/BDS courses
✅ Empowerment of autonomous councils to recruit retired executive engineers
✅ Provision of medical care for sportspersons
✅ Discontinuation of physical non-judicial stamps
The minutes shared by the Chief Minister after the state cabinet meeting stated that "10% of the total remaining MBBS seats, after deducting 15% for the All India Quota, Central Pool, North Eastern Council quota, and Royal Government of Bhutan quota, will be reserved annually for NRI/NRI-sponsored students who have cleared NEET UG." Additionally, the Assam cabinet has proposed an increase in reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) and the MOBC category (non-creamy layer). Furthermore, a 10 percent reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) has been reserved for MBBS seats in six medical colleges: Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Jorhat, Tezpur, and Barpeta. This decision was made due to the increased number of MBBS seats in the Medical and Dental Colleges of Assam. The meeting also included an overview of the reservation for six communities.
Here is the current and proposed seat allocation for MBBS and BDS courses for different communities:
Community Present seat allocation (MBBS) Proposed seat allocation (MBBS, BDS)
Children of Tea Garden/Ex-Tea Garden Communities/Tribes 27 (Brahmaputra Valley - 20 seats, Barak Valley - 7 seats) 30 (Brahmaputra Valley - 22 seats, Barak Valley - 8 seats)
Moran 5 8
Matak 5 8
Tai Ahom 6 10
Chutia 7 9
Koch Rajbongshi 10 13
In related news, the National Testing Agency has released the NEET UG 2023 Results. This year, a total of 11,45,976 candidates have qualified in the medical entrance examination. Two students, Prabanjan J from Tamil Nadu and Bora Varun Chakravarthi from Andhra Pradesh, achieved the top scores of 720 marks. However, seven candidates were identified for using unfair practices during the examination and have been dealt with according to the norms. Among the states, Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of qualifying candidates with 1.39 lakh, followed by Maharashtra with 1.31 lakh and Rajasthan with over 1 lakh qualifying candidates.