Telangana High Court: Why is NCC quota not being implemented in MBBS admissions?

The Telangana High Court on Monday (November 21) issued notice to the state government on a petition challenging the non-implementation of 1 percent reservation for National Cadet Corps (NCC) students in medical admissions. Reservation should be applied to the students who have NCC certificates as per previously issued Govt. However, in the first round of counseling conducted by Dr. YSR Health University for MBBS and BDS admissions, the merit list was announced without considering the NCC certificates. Jangiti Lakshmi Narasimha filed a Public Interest Litigation (PL) in the High Court seeking to provide one percent reservation to deserving NCC students. Advocate Gottipati Kavitha, appearing for the petitioner, argued that non-application of reservation under NCC category is nothing but deprivation of rights under Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution. Advocate Kavitha requested that before the second phase of counselling, those eligible under the NCC category should be considered and interim orders should be given to implement the reservation.

A High Court bench headed by Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice Ninala Jayasuriya did not agree to grant interim orders. On Monday, notices were issued to the Chief Secretary of the Government, the Principal Secretary of the Medical and Health Department, the VC of YSR Health University, the Registrar and others to counter this. To this extent, the court ordered on November 21. The hearing was adjourned for four weeks.

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