Chennai: The Tamilnadu Cabinet has given nod to the provision of a 7.5 per cent quota within the existing reservation in medical UG courses for the students of State government higher secondary schools.
As per the decision, 7.5 per cent of medical seats has been reserved to government school students who clear National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
The State government has decided to include students who studied under the ‘Right to Education’ quota up to the eighth standard in government schools in the proposed horizontal reservation for medical admissions.
On Monday, the Supreme Court asked the Madras High Court to go ahead and decide on merits of all petitions pending before it seeking 50 per cent OBC reservation in the all-India quota seats for medical and dental courses in Tamilnadu.
A Bench led by Justice L Nageswara Rao found that the Saloni Kumari case pending with it regarding the grant of 27 per cent OBC quota in terms of a Central Act could not impede the Madras High Court from deciding on the question of grant of 50 per cent quota for OBC in Tamilnadu on the basis of a State law.