TAMIL NADU

MBBS aspirants in a fix over admission impasse

Political parties have come out with bandh plans

S. Nadarajan

PONDICHERRY: Students aspiring to do medical course and selected for admission under the government quota in the MBBS course (2005-2006) in the two private unaided medical colleges in Pondicherry on the basis of their meritorious performance in the entrance test continues to be in a quandary as nearly a month is over since the authorities had finalised the selection.

The stalemate continues without any sign of action on the part of the government to relieve the students of their agony.

The government prepared the list of names of 50 students for each of the two privately managed colleges under the government quota. Certain issues however cropped up in the meanwhile between the managements of the two colleges and the Government and the matter was taken to the court by the managements.

Apex court ruling

The Supreme Court in its ruling on August 5 dismissed the writ petitions of the managements seeking permission to hold a common entrance test by them to fill the management quota in the institutions. The Court directed that the admission under management quota also should be done on the basis of merit list of the Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC). The situation that virtually emerged was that each of the two institutions should admit 100 students through the CENTAC list only. The students were elated after the ruling.

It is however the grievance of both the parents and also their wards awaiting admission to the institutions that despite of the court order nothing had been heard from the government side on the follow up action in admission matter. Students and their parents observed a token fast on Thursday seeking action by the government to fill the seats by persuading the managements as per the court order.

Now the political parties have come out with bandh plans. While the DMK-led multi party (and Congress inclusive) coordination committee has announced a bandh on August 23, the AIADMK has called for a bandh on Saturday (August 20). Pondicherry unit of the BJP has assured support to the bandh called by the AIADMK.

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