Karnataka seeks 50% NEET seats for its students

Even if Centre okays it, quota can be implemented only from the next year

The State Medical Education Department has written a letter to the Central Government to earmark 50 per cent seats in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in deemed universities for students from Karnataka.

This move was initiated after DK Shivakumar took charge as the medical education.

DK Shivakumar said, “We are awaiting a response from the Centre on our letter for allocation of 50 per cent of the All India Quota seats under NEET exclusively for our students in deemed universities. We can implement it from next year.”

He said there was a huge gap between the demand and the number of doctors graduating from the state.

The State Government had got permission for 322 seats, but the minister said that due to a technical problem they could not implement it this year.

Officials from the department also said they would have to wait as post-graduate counselling for this year had already begun. V Manjula, additional chief secretary to the government of Karnataka and the principal secretary for medical education, said, “We wrote the letter a month back.

But we did not get the reply from the Central Government and the PG counselling has begun.”
Equipping the supporting staff DK Shivakumar also hinted at an initiative by the department to enhance the strength of supporting staff in hospitals. “We are working out a plan wherein after SSLC or Class 10, a student should be supported to pursue their dream in the medical sector. This will equip the health sector with more support staff too.”

Officials also hinted that a one-year programme or a degree course for para-medical courses is on the anvil.

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