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Medical entrance test suspended over reservation
SHILLONG, AUG 20 (Correspondent):
Published on 21 Aug. 2008 1:27 AM IST
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The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has again postponed the entrance test for the course of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Meghalaya, a senior government official said today. The entrance test has been put off for the second time after Union Health Minister Dr Ambumani Ramadoss summoned Meghalaya Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee for discussing of issue over the reservation of MBBS seats for the indigenous of the state. On August 3, the influential Khasi Student's Union (KSU) stalled the maiden entrance test after the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry refused to reserve 30 per cent of MBBS seats for the indigenous people of the state. "We will sort out the issue on August 25 during the talks with the Union Health Minister. As of now the entrance test scheduled on August 24 has been cancelled," Chatterjee told reporters. Chatterjee, who held closed door meeting with KSU leaders yesterday said, "If the number of seats cannot be increased, we would have to prepare the State Reservation Policy from among the allotted nine seats." Dr Ramadoss had earlier made it clear to the Chief Minister Dr Donkupar Roy that there could not be any kind of reservation for the NEIGRHIMS' MBBS course as the Institute was listed as a "centre of excellence". At present, NEIGRIHMS reserves nine seats out of the total of 50 for the state, without any specific reservation for tribal students. Meanwhile, KSU president Samuel Jyrwa said the student body would wait for the outcome of the August-25 meeting before deciding on its future course of action. The KSU threatened to disrupt the classes later on in case the entrance examination was held in Guwahati

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