OBC reservation in medical colleges: Do courts have a permanent solution?

The judgment of the Madras High Court hasn’t brought any clarity to the issue. Why is the matter not being debated in Parliament? Can’t Parliament make law to settle this issue for good and ensure that every year, hundreds of OBC youth are not denied their due? asks Nawal Kishore Kumar

On 27 July 2020, the Madras High Court delivered the verdict in an important case related to reservation for OBCs in Tamil Nadu. The court directed the Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, to convene a meeting with the Health Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu and the Secretaries of the Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India to finalize the manner in which OBC reservations is to be provided in the All India Quota seats for the undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses with effect from the next academic year. The court also said that the reservation cannot be granted this academic year as the process of selection of candidates has already begun. It noted that apart from the central and the state governments, the Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India are parties to the matter, so the task of working out the details should be entrusted to a committee.

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