Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the state government will introduce a 5% reservation for children from government schools in medical studies starting this year. He emphasized that since the implementation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical college admissions, students from government schools have faced challenges in pursuing a career in medicine.
Chouhan stated that this decision is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, and it will ensure that 5% of medical study seats are exclusively reserved for students from government schools. He highlighted that in the past, only students from private schools were successful in clearing NEET exams. Going forward, there will be separate lists for government school students and private school students.
The Chief Minister underscored the importance of providing opportunities for children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to excel in their education.
Chouhan made these announcements during a program in Jabalpur commemorating the martyrdom day of tribal icons King Shankarshah and his son Kunwar Raghunath Shah from the 1857 uprising. He also revealed plans for the construction of a memorial for tribal queen Durgawati, with a budget of Rs 100 crore, and the foundation stone laying ceremony is scheduled for October 5.