Telangana High Court rejects petitions against MBBS/BDS seats for locals.

On Monday, the Telangana High Court made a significant decision regarding a batch of writ petitions. These petitions were filed in response to the State government’s choice to allocate 100% of MBBS/BDS course seats within the ‘competent authority quota’ exclusively to students from Telangana. This policy applied specifically to medical colleges established after the year 2014.

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The Division Bench, led by Chief Justice Alok Aradhe, rendered its verdict on these petitions. These petitions sought to challenge the legality and fairness of Government Order 72 (GO 72), which was issued by the Telangana government on July 23. GO 72 notably excluded students from the neighboring Telugu State of Andhra Pradesh from obtaining admissions in Telangana’s medical colleges under the competent authority quota, which accounts for 85% of the total seats.

The petitioners in this case were students from various parts of Andhra Pradesh. They argued that, according to Section 95 of the AP Reorganisation Act, which led to the creation of a separate Telangana State on June 2, 2014, they were entitled to secure admissions in Telangana medical colleges for a duration of 10 years. Additionally, they maintained that, under clause 7 of the Presidential Order under Article 371-D, students from Andhra Pradesh were eligible for equal opportunities in matters of public employment and education in both states.

During the court proceedings, the Advocate General of Telangana, B.S. Prasad, representing Telangana’s interests, argued that reserving seats for Telangana students did not constitute any illegality. He pointed out that students from Andhra Pradesh still had the opportunity to compete for the remaining 15% of seats in the national pool.

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