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Medical admission succour for economically weaker section

Kolkata: The West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS) on Friday issued a notification stating that people belonging to Economically Weaker Section (EWS) who are not covered under the existing scheme of reservations for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Classes may avail the benefits of EWS reservation in undergraduate medical admission in the state.

For availing the benefits candidates belonging to economically weaker section have to fulfill the criteria as prescribed in the memorandum of notification.

The economically-weaker section reservation is expected to be implemented from the second round of counseling.

The first round of counseling for the medical students concluded on Friday.

In the first round of counseling many medical aspirants have already secured medical admission in various colleges in the state.

The general category candidates with financial constraints fall under the economically weaker section.

The West Bengal University of Health Sciences has laid down the eligibility criteria for the admission under the category. Persons who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs are entitled to enjoy the facility under the economically weaker section.

The health university has said that the family income of a candidate seeking admission under economically weaker section must not exceed Rs 8 lakh per annum.

Income shall also include income from all sources i.e. salary, agriculture, business, profession etc for the financial year prior to the year of application.

This is for the first time a category has been created for the economically weaker section so that the students belonging to the category may apply for the medical admission.

It may be mentioned that around 450 medical seats were increased in the state recently, 10 per cent of which would be reserved for these students. The candidates will have to sit for the verification which will take place between July 22-25 tentatively.

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