Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday said he would request the Center to defer the participation of the Union Territory in the All India Quota in this year’s NEET exam by a year.
A delegation of NEET Post Graduate MD/MS candidates called on Lt. at Raj Bhavan here. The delegation led by Dr Junaid Ali apprised the Lt Governor about various issues of their concern regarding participation of UTs in All India Quota in this year’s NEET examination.
The students asked for more time to prepare. Sinha, while considering his petition, said that he would request the central government to defer it to the current year.
“The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has 543 postgraduate seats for MD/MS. While participating in the All India Quota, it will contribute 271 seats, while the students of J&K will be eligible for 5000 seats in MD and MS under All India Quota. Students from J&K will be in an advantageous position with access to a large number of seats,” he said.
The LG said the UT would contribute 15 per cent to the all-India quota for undergraduate seats.
“At present, we have 1,000 seats. By participating in the All India Quota, the Union Territory will contribute only 150 seats, while the students of Jammu and Kashmir will be eligible for 4,568 seats in MBBS under the All India Quota. Students of J&K will be benefited more by participating in the All India Quota for NEET undergraduate and postgraduate courses,” said Lt.
The student delegation agreed and requested Sinha to allow at least one year to compete at the national level.