TN Governor gives assent for quota in medical seats

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit today granted assent to the Bill providing for 7.5% horizontal quota for students who have studied in State government schools and qualified in NEET for admissions to undergraduate medical courses, after the Solicitor General of India opined that the Bill was in consonance with the Constitution of India.

Interestingly, it was on Thursday that the Tamil Nadu government issued a Government Order (GO) to provide 7.5% reservation for the under-graduate medical courses under NEET, considering the delay from the Governor’s end.

An official press release said the government has given assent to the Bill titled “Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Indian Medicine and Homeopathy on Preferential Basis to the Students of Government Schools Bill 2020.”

It may be noted that the governor had sought legal opinion of solicitor general of India through a letter dated September 26 and the opinion was received on Thursday. “As soon as the opinion received, the governor has given assent to the Bill,” the release said.

“This is to inform the people of Tamil Nadu that the Governor has given his assent to the Bill titled Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Indian Medicine and Homeopathy on preferential basis to the students of Government Schools Bill 2020,” a press release from the Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan said. The Bill was passed in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on September 15.

According to the State government, nearly 300 MBBS seats in government medical colleges and self-financing colleges would be made available for students from Government schools, with the assent for this bill.

The State Assembly had passed this bill on September 15th and it had since been pending with the Governor, who had sought legal opinion on the same.