In a move that will benefit children of insured persons with lower wages, The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) declared that such children will be granted reservation in medical colleges and the courses will be granted to the lot at a subsidized fee. The ESIC is a self-governing corporation born out of statutory creation under Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.
“In one of the historic decisions, an Insured Persons Quota (erstwhile ESIC Management Quota) was carved out with provision of reservation for admission to MBBS seats in ESIC Medical Colleges for wards of Insured Persons,” ESIC said. A total of 700 seats were offered in all the ESIC/ESI Medical Colleges for the academic year of 2016-2017. Medical colleges from around the country will have to adhere to this development.
Potential students whose parents are insured persons benefiting with monthly wages up to Rs 15,000 are getting preference in terms of admission to the ESIC Medical College and Hospital and are beneficiaries of quality medical education. The seats which are available for ‘Insured Persons Quota’ are pooled on an all-India basis and allotted, only amongst eligible children of insured persons. The candidates for the quota seats are being appointed by a merit cum preference basis – one which will rigorously filter such candidates through a centralized counselling based on the results of the All India Entrance Test – NEET except in cases of ESIC Medical College, Telangana. Out of a total of 700 MBBS seats, a whopping 267 seats falling under the ESIC ‘Insured Persons Quota’ are in offer to the candidates who have insured parents.
Sources pointed out that the reservation policy of Central government for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes, Other backward classes, Physically Handicapped and the like are also being adhered to for the allotment of said seats- the only requisite being that the candidates who seek such admission under the quota must fulfill the eligibility criteria for admission in strict accordance with MCI regulations and as fixed by ESIC.