“Yogi Adityanath government has just made an announcement to end quota based reservations in private medical and dental colleges of up,“ claimed the India Today article, which has now been edited.
Interestingly, the India Today story doesn’t attribute the ‘news’ to any source, individual or government department – one of the tell-tale signs of ‘fake news’. Similar articles were carried by websites like Times Group’s Indiatimes & MensXP, Indian Express’ inUth.com, Zee Group’s India.com & News Nation.
However, authorities at the state medical education department were quick to refute the ‘story’. “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 V.N. Tripathi he told the Times of India.
As per an order issued on March 10, the Akhilesh Yadav government had released an admission policy on the basis of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) merit list-2017 for PG courses, reported The New India Express (TNIE). Clause 7 of the order states that in the private medical and dental colleges there would not be any provision of reservation for students belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories in the admission process.
“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.
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