Reservation for women under Article 15(3) of the Constitution of India is long overdue, remarked the Delhi High Court on Thursday as it sought response from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in a challenge to its policy reserving 80% seats for women nurses (Harish Kumar Kajla & Ors vs AIIMS &Ors). .A Division Bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh issued notice in the petition by three male aspirants who had applied for the posts of nurses at AIIMS. .While refusing to pass any interim relief in the matter at this stage, the Court said, ."Needless to state that any appointments made to the subject posts shall abide with further orders that may be passed in the present proceedings.".The petition has challenged the Central Administrative Tribunal order which dismissed the petitioners' plea against the allegedly "lopsided" gender reservation. .As per the petitioners, AIIMS' reservation policy violates the 50% overall ceiling contemplated for reservation in public employment. It has also been stated that it lacks the intelligible nexus between object and the classification as there is no relation between patient care and the gender of the nurse. .The petitioners have also contended that the reservation policy is ultra vires the AIIMS Act, 1956 because it was made without amendment to AIIMS Regulations, 1999 which only provides for reservation in favour of SC/ST candidates..Advocate Santhish Krishnan and Sayid Marzook Bafaki represented the petitioners. .Advocate Anand Varma appeared for AIIMS. .The matter would be heard next on February 22.