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Gujarat makes maximum use of Space Technology for Long Distance Education, Grievance Redressal and for the Management and Research in Land-Water

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International Congress INCA-2008- Space Technology Mapping begins

Inaugurating the International Congress on Mapping and Space Technology-INCA-2008, Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi claimed that Gujarat has been pioneer in utilising Space Technology for ameliorating the living standard of the common men. Welcoming the delegates, he highlighted the innovative initiatives under which Government explores space technology to bring about quality changes in good governance and also for developing infrastructure facilities.

The 28th International Congress is jointly organised by International Cartographic Association and ISRO, as many as 400 delegates from India, America, Australia, Germany and other countries are going to undertake brainstorming sessions over Satellite Image Technology and Collaborative Mapping, also about the cutting-edge research.

Chief Minister handed over the awards to the winners of All India Inca Map Quiz School level Competitions; he also urged to inculcate enthusiasm for Satellite Mapping and Images in to the Students. Chairman ISRO, Shri Madhavan Nayar released the souvenir. Elaborating the rich contributions of our saints and sages in the sphere of Planetary and Vedic Science, Shri Modi said that Aryabhatt had dedicated the theory of movements and orbits of the planets to the world.

Chief Minister said, Toddermall had selected Gujarat for the survey of Land Records and Land Mapping, Gujarat is far ahead in the management and discovery of Water Resources and its management through Remote Sensing. Gujarat has opened up new frontiers in Tele-Medicines and Distance-Education by providing Broad-Band Connectivity up to the Villages. Around 20000 class-rooms of schools and colleges are covered under the Edu-Sat. Disaster Management, upgrading Land-Water Resources, by exploring the avenues of Space Technology; Gujarat is pioneer in Water resources Mapping, Land-Records Reforms, and Satellite Mapping Systems.

Gujarat has created National Hub BISEC-with the help of ISRO, added the C.M.

Shri Narendrabhai Modi outlined the various breakthroughs that have percolations up to grassroots in terms of Water Resource Map and 3-D Map at Panchayat level.

Emphasising the need to explore Microwave Imaging System for the discovery of the minerals, Chief Minister said that the technology can address the issues like global warming and climate change.

Gujarat has been making use of Space Technology for People's Grievances Redressal “Which is a Model-and also for other innovative initiatives in Watershed Management, Fisheries and various sectors.

Chairman ISRO Shri Madhavan Nayar elaborated the successful launching of the Chandrayaan and the exciting avenues opened up. He dwelt upon the Surveillance Planetary Science that has opened up with the Moon-Mission. The Indian Space Scientists have a proud privilege to enter the Six Nations Club.

Shri Madhavan Nayar observed that Shri Modiji is an excellent Chief Minister having vision of development, which had inspired and congratulated the ISRO team after the successful launching of Chandrayaan. To preserve and nurture the natural resources, for consistent and sustainable development the Satellite mapping technology is very crucial. He cited the landmark breakthroughs in water conservation, ground water recharge, and other people centred and people oriented welfare potential of the technology. He elaborated the disaster preparedness, Web Base Global Image and Map services.

Chief Minister felicitated Shri Madhavan Nayar with a memento for the breakthrough achieved in the Mission-Chandrayaan.

Chairman INCA Dr P.K.Shrivastava outlined the theme of the conference.

Principal Secretary to the C.M. Shri K.Kailasnatahn, top officials, scientists, students of the Space Science Faculty were among the others who attended the inauguration ceremony.

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27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in All India Quota (AIQ) Scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical / dental courses (MBBS / MD / MS / Diploma / BDS / MDS) from current academic year 2021-22 onwards
Nearly 5,550 students will be benefitted
Government is committed to providing due reservation both to Backward Category and EWS Category

Under the visionary guidance of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has taken a historic and a landmark decision for providing 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in the All India Quota (AIQ) Scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical / dental courses (MBBS / MD / MS / Diploma / BDS / MDS) from the current academic year 2021-22 onwards.

Hon'ble Prime Minister in a meeting held on 26th July (Monday),2021 had directed the concerned Union Ministries to facilitate an effective solution to this long pending issue.

This decision would benefit every year nearly 1500 OBC students in MBBS and 2500 OBC students in postgraduation and also around 550 EWS students in MBBS and around 1000 EWS students in postgraduation.

The All India Quota (AIQ) Scheme was introduced in 1986 under the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court to provide for domicile-free merit based opportunities to students from any State to aspire to study in a good medical college located in another State. All India Quota consists of 15% of total available UG seats and 50% of total available PG seats in government medical colleges. Initially, there was no reservation in AIQ Scheme up to 2007. In 2007, the Hon’ble Supreme Court introduced reservation of 15% for SCs and 7.5% for STs in the AIQ Scheme. When the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act became effective in 2007 providing for uniform 27% reservation to OBCs, the same was implemented in all the Central Educational Institutions viz. Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Harding Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University and Banaras Hindu University etc. However, this was not extended to the AIQ seats of State medical and dental colleges.

The present Government is committed to providingdue reservation both to the backward category as well as the EWS category. The Union Government has now taken a historic decision to provide for 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservation for EWS in the AIQ Scheme. The OBC students from across the country shall now be able to take benefit of this reservation in AIQ Scheme to compete for seats in any State. Being a Central Scheme, the Central List of OBCs shall be used for this reservation. Around 1500 OBC students in MBBS and 2500 in postgraduation will be benefitted through this reservation.

In order to provide benefit to students belonging to EWS category in admission to higher educational Institutions, a Constitutional amendment was made in 2019 which enabled the provision of 10% reservation for EWS category. Accordingly, seats in medical / dental colleges were increased over two years in 2019-20 and 2020-21 to accommodate this additional 10% EWS reservation so that the total number of seats available for unreserved category do not reduce. In the AIQ seats, however, this benefit had not been extended so far.

Therefore, alongwith the 27% reservation for OBCs, 10% reservation for EWS is also being extended in AIQ seats for all the undergraduate / postgraduate medical/dental courses from the current academic year 2021-22. This will benefit every year around more than 550 EWS students for MBBS and around 1000 EWS students for PG medical courses.

The above decision is the reflection of the Government’s commitment to provide due reservation for backward and EWS category students.

This decision is also in sync with the significant reforms carried out in the field of medical education since 2014. During the last six years, MBBS Seats in the country have increased by 56% from 54,348 seats in 2014 to 84,649 seats in 2020 and the number of PG seats have increased by 80% from 30,191seats in 2014 to 54,275 seats in 2020.During the same period, 179 new medical colleges have been established and now the country has 558 (Govt: 289, Pvt: 269) medical colleges.