5 seats in MBBS colleges to be reserved for ‘Wards of Covid Warriors’: Health Minister

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan (file image)

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new reservation category has been introduced for candidates who have applied for medical colleges for the academic year 2020-21.

The new category will be called ‘Wards of Covid Warriors’ under which the kin of Covid-19 warriors will be granted admissions in MBBS and BDS courses.

“Health Ministry approves new category for selection & nomination of candidates from ‘Wards of COVID Warriors’ under Central Pool MBBS/BDS seats for 2020-21. It will honour the solemn sacrifice of all COVID warriors who served selflessly,” Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday.

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Under this new category, five seats will be reserved for the wards of Covid-19 warriors in MBBS and BDS colleges across India for this academic session, Vardhan said.

The seats under this new category are set to be reserved for the children of COVID-19 warriors that includes ASHA workers working on the ground, nurses, and doctors who have lost their lives in the pandemic or died accidentally on account of Covid-19 related duty.

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