GUWAHATI: The Assam Government has worked out rules to implement the new Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota in admission into MBBS course in the six medical colleges in the State.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) last week approved 174 additional MBBS seats under the EWS quota for medical colleges in Assam. The admission into MBBS course will take place next month.
Sources in the Directorate of Medical Education (DME), Assam told The Sentinel that the meritorious students from general category whose family has gross annual income below Rs 6 lakh will be eligible to apply for MBBS admission under the EWS quota. The income will include from all sources agriculture, salary, business, profession, etc for the financial year prior to the year of application for admission in medical colleges.
Student whose family owns or possess 15 bigha of agriculture land or above in rural area, 1 bigha of residential land or above in rural area, 1.5 katha of land in notified municipal corporation/municipal board/town committee area, will not be considered eligible for MBBS admission under the EWS quota.
The property held by an applicant’s family in various locations of different places/cities will be clubbed to determine the EWS status. Students will have to produce income and asset certificates by circle officers of their respective districts.
As per the recent notification of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 44 seats have been increased in Gauhati Medical College, taking the total number of seats to 200; 30 in Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh, taking the total number of seats to 200; and 25 in Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College, Barpeta, taking the total number of seats to 125.
A total of 25 seats have been increased in Jorhat Medical College and Hospital, taking the total number of seats to 125; 25 in Silchar Medical College, taking the total number of seats to 125; and 25 in Tezpur Medical College and Hospital, taking the total number of seats to 125.
“Many poor students harbour dreams of becoming doctors from their childhood. Reserving 174 seats for such students will fulfill many such dreams,” a former principal of GMCH said.