Meghalaya Medical Aspirants Still Seek the Help, Meghalaya CM Takes the Charge

Story highlights

  • Ten students from Meghalaya are denied the admission for the medical seats
  • Assam High Court increases the OBC reservation, demolishes the NEC quota
  • Students seek help from the CM Dr. Mukul Sangma

Ten medical students that have been denied the admission in the medical colleges of Assam, are still seeking the progress in the matter. Earlier, the news broke when the medical colleges of Assam denied the admission to the students of Meghalaya on 25th August. Since then, they have been into the talks with the civic bodies to get re-admitted.

How it all started

The students were rejoicing over the fact that they were soon taking their initial steps to become the doctors. They were called on the dates between 23rd- 25th August to the Health Department of the Secretariat office of Meghalaya to sign a bond with the Meghalaya Government, where they found out about the colleges that were allotted to them for the admissions. On 25th August when one of the students went to Guwahati Medical college, found out that she had been denied the admission. She contacted the other students immediately and told them about the incident. Soon, they all visited their respective allotted colleges in the following days and found out what she had informed was indeed true. Their future was at stake!

When the students asked about the reasons for the denial of the admissions, colleges simply said that there were no seats reserved for Meghalaya. And later the college administration added that the colleges did not receive any prior information from the Meghalaya Government for the students would be sent for the admission. It is hard to digest this negligence because every year, Meghalaya sends students to the Medical Colleges of Assam through the state quota.
They all went back to the Health Department and immediately reported about the first denial of admission at GMC. Later, when the students didn’t get the positive response from the department, they tried contacting the media. In the end, they somehow managed to get in touch with the higher officials for some support.

How is the quota playing in the issue?

There are total of ten seats reserved for the students of Meghalaya in the medical colleges of Assam. And it does vary every year. This year, there were total 10 seats reserved for the students of Meghalaya. Among them, four seats were reserved in Guwahati Medical College (GMC), four seats in Assam medical College, Dibrugarh, and two seats in the Silchar Medical College.

Apparently, the Assam high court was dealing with the case to increase the reservation of OBC seats from 15% to 27%. The students have had the anticipation that the High Court would give the verdict in favour of reducing the reservation back to 15% and the students would get their NEC quota seats again but then, unfortunately it didn’t happen. And thus they had to seek the Meghalaya Govt for help. Here are the students depicting the entire episode:

Video Courtesy: Batesi TV

CM Dr. Mukul Sangma takes the matter into his hands

Because of the demolition of the North Eastern Council (NEC) quota, upon the verdict given by the High Court of Assam, the reserved seat percentage increased to 27% from 15%. The CM of Meghalaya was approached for the case. As per the reports, CM Dr. Mukul Sangma, who himself is an MBBS degree holder, wrote a letter regarding the issue to the CM of Assam, Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal. It is yet to be known what actions were taken on the issue by the government of Assam. CM of Meghalaya has assured the students that right steps would be taken and the matter is being handled by the CM himself. Students are in the hope that the CMs of both the states would come together, to get the issue resolved. Both the governments are now seeking the help from Supreme Court.

Whatever could be the reasons, but at the end of all the chaos, there are ten students of Meghalaya, along with the three other students from Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagalnad that seek help from the state governments and the Supreme Court.



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