Clarification: UP government says no change in quota since it did not exist, NEET only change

The reports that UP government had removed caste-based quota in private medical colleges were incorrect. Caste-based reservation is part of only government colleges and not private colleges.

We had reported that the Uttar Pradesh government had ended caste-based reservations in private medical and dental colleges. The order originally issued on March 10 only reiterated the earlier policy which did not provide for quota in private colleges.

The only new thing in this order is bringing the private medical and dental colleges into the NEET system. The order was issued by the outgoing Akhilesh Yadav-led government but was now being implemented by the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government.

The education department later clarified that the March 10 order merely reiterated the policy that private medical and dental colleges will come now come under the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test, popularly known as NEET. Private colleges did not have any provision for reservation that government medical and dental colleges have.

"Reservation was never a part of the admission process in private sector medical and dental colleges as per the prevalent policy made in 2006. There has been no change in any policy whatsoever," director general medical education Dr VN Tripathi d as saying by the Times of India.

"Private medical and dental colleges have been brought under the umbrella of National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test for the first time. Seats in these colleges for post graduate courses are being filled through the NEET score," Tripathi told TOI.

Since taking over, the new government has launched several initiatives to improve the education system in UP and control cheating and corruption.

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