Government Quota leaves Medical Students in a Fix

The last 22 students to be admitted to the newly created Indira Gandhi Medi­cal College and Research Institute (IGMCRI) are in a dilemma, with some moving the Madras High Court objecting to the non-allocation of seats under the Government of India quota for other state students.

The students have also challenged the decision of the Perunthalaivar Ka­marajar Medical College Society, under which the college is functioning, of having allocated 15 per cent seats (22 in number) to non-resident Indians.

The medical college society had maintained that since the approval for the college had come late, after the counselling for All India quota was closed down by 22nd August, 2010, the seats were offered to students from the Union Territory quota.

However the society, on receipt of the approval, had written to the Centre (Medical Education department, Minis­try of Health) offering 15 per cent seats to the All India quota and also intimating that they had applied for Pondicherry University affiliation.

The society was now awaiting the response of the Government of India regarding their willingness or unwillingness.

The Medical college society is con­fident that with the counselling closed for this year, after the second counselling, the Government would not be able to fill up more seats this year.

More so since the Supreme Court had not permitted a third counselling after a petition was moved. However some students, who were admitted in self-financing colleges, especially the deemed universities, were struggling to pay the fee charged by the institutions and were pressurising the government against the grant of NRI quota also.

One deemed medical college has been charging Rupee 5 lakh plus, while another has been charging Rupee 4.5 lakh.

Even the colleges under Pondicherry University are charging over and above the fee fixed by the Fee Committee and students sponsored by CENTAC have to pay the amount to get admission.

Y. Balasubramanian of Puducherry Stu­dents and Parents Welfare Association has urged the government to provide 22 seats are reserved for NRI students to Puducherry students.

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