Assam denies admission to students under Meghalaya quota for medicals

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HT Correspondent

Tura, Sept 1: MBBS students of Meghalaya who were due to get admission into Assam medical colleges under quota were in a huge shock on Thursday when the aspiring students were told by their respective medical colleges, that they would not be given admissions mainly due to a law change in Assam.

The denial of admissions takes place at a time when authorities of Meghalaya had come forward in assuring that the matter had been resolved and there was no issue at hand. The denial of admissions has left students facing a huge quandary and parents scratching their heads in both anger and frustration.

Upon being contacted on Friday on the matter, the additional chief secretary to the state government, PW Ingty finally confirmed there was a problem though the best he could say was that the matter was being looked into by both states and they were trying their best to resolve the issue. He however failed to provide an assurance whether the matter would be resolved and by when.

Earlier too, HM Shangpliang, secretary to the state of Meghalaya, assured that there was nothing to fear and the matter was already resolved. He had even come out in media with the assurance of people under Meghalaya quota getting 10 seats for Meghalaya in Assam.

“We have been warning that things are not all right for the past few days after being repeatedly told by the medical colleges that there would be no admissions. We were hoping against hope that the status quo would be resolved. Now where are we supposed to go,” said an exasperated parent on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile taking stock of the situation, NGOs, GSU and ADE have both appealed to both state governments for an early resolution to the issue so as to not impact the future of students.

“We were keeping a tab on the issue since it first surfaced on Aug 18 and were shocked to find from our GSU – Khasi Hills zone of the conflicting reports. They were engrossed in putting the blame on each other rather than addressing the matter. We were relieved when the press statement regarding the lists came out from the government,” said GSU president, Tengsak Momin.

“We express our grave concern on the matter of duly selected candidates not getting admission into Assam medical colleges. They were duly selected by the under secretary, Health and Family Welfare through the NEC quota,” said Dalseng B Ch Momin, president of ADE.

“Upon telephonic enquiry and discussion with the concerned department it has been communicated to us that there have been changes in education policy of other states especially Assam and hence the stumbling block to the aspiring MBBS candidates. That does not explain why the Meghalaya Government was not aware of it,” added Tengsak.

“The Meghalaya Government must fulfill the duties placed on it. It is hard enough on the students anyway of MBBS and we don’t have enough doctors as it is in the state. The Meghalaya Government must pursue legal options if needed but it must hurry the process of getting the aspiring medical students admitted in medical colleges,” said the NGOs while stating that would follow an agitational program if the matter is not resolved.

The NGOs stated that the reason behind the reduction was the order issued by the director of Medical Education which sought for the abolishment of 13 MBBS seats for the state of Meghalaya and the reduction of the central pool from 15 to 6.

“If it’s not dealt promptly, our state won’t be able to produce any doctor, dentist this year,” added Dalseng.

ADE called the state of affairs a huge misfortune stating that despite over 4 decades of earning statehood, quality education could not be provided to children of the state.

“Lack of doctors, specialists, and qualified medical practitioners has become a common feature in the state and people have been suffering since the very beginning. If the government cannot provide the basic service of quality education for our future generation, they should avoid making false promises of development in the near future,” he added.

“This just shows the callous attitude of the government officials. Now who will come forward to help us and by the time help comes, will it already not be too late,” said a parent of one of the students whose name was listed under quota for Assam.

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