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Odisha announces 15% reservation for govt school students in medical, engineering colleges

The state government has notified reservation of seats in medical and engineering colleges in Odisha, with the aim of eliminating disparities and facilitating the entry of talented students from government high schools into engineering and medical courses. Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of Odisha, has declared that students who have passed class X and XII from the state board will be granted 15% reservation in government medical and engineering colleges in the state.

The State Government's Statement: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted the decision, saying, "The State Govt has notified reservation of 15% seats in medical and engineering colleges in #Odisha to eliminate inequalities and encourage the entry of talented students from Govt High Schools in Engineering and Medical courses.” Mr. Patnaik went on to say, "All vertical reservations, as well as the Unreserved Community, will be protected by such reservations, which will be horizontal. If an appropriate number of qualifying students are not open, any seats that remain unfilled will be filled by other students in the same category,”

Tweeted CMO Odisha: “These reservations will be horizontal in nature, encompassing all vertical reservations as well as unreserved Group. If an insufficient number of qualified students are open, any seats that remain unfilled will be filled by other students in the same category (sic),” tweeted CMO Odisha. The decision was taken following the recommendations of a high-powered committee. “Following the recommendations of a high-powered committee, the Odisha government has declared reservation for students who have passed the class X board exam under BSE from government high schools and the 12th board exam under CHSE from any government higher secondary school or government junior college.”

7.5 percent quota to government school students: Earlier this year, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit signed a bill granting a 7.5 percent quota to government school students in the state's medical colleges. Students in both reserved and unreserved groups would be affected by this proposal. Medical courses such as MBBS, BOS, BHMS, BAMS, BSMS, and BUMS, as well as engineering courses such as BTech, BE, and BArch, will be eligible for the reservation.

This decision was made based on the advice of a high-powered committee, which recommended reserving seats in the state's engineering and medical programs for students from government high schools. Aside from the JEE Main and NEET for engineering and medical entrance tests, the state also retains OJEE for admission to state-based engineering colleges.

The governments of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu passed similar reservation policies last year to offer quotas to government school students in the state. Both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have a reservation quota of 7.5 percent.

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