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AIADMK plea to Iqbal on medical seats

Posted on Feb 05, 03:43PM | UNI

Puducherry, Feb 4 : The Puducherry unit of the AIADMK today urged Lt Governor Iqbal Singh to intervene and ensure that 50 per cent of the postgraduation seats in private medical colleges were allotted for government quota.

An AIADMK delegation which called on the Lt Governor at the Raj Bhavan here submitted a memorandum in this regard today.

In the memoranudm, the party pointed out that there were 956 MBBS seats in the seven private medical colleges here, but not even 30 per cent was being allocated as government quota, affecting the Puducherry students.

In PG course, of the 243 seats, the Puducherry administration has not got a single seat as its quota. The MCI on July 21, 2009 had amended the PG Medical Education Regulation Act 2000 to ensure that the state government got 50 per cent of the seats to be sponsored by them. ''But the Puducherry administration is not concerned with the welfare of the students and is happily allowing the private medical colleges to make money. Each PG seat is being 'sold' for Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.5 crore,'' the AIADMK alleged.

The memorandum pointed out that none of the students completing MBBS under the Kamaraj Education Assistance Scheme could pursue PG course, though, it is their desire to do PG in this competitive era, because of their poverty. The government failed to initiate any action despite several representations in this regard.

As many as 120 students are being affected every year because of the ''lethargic'' attitude of the governemnt and the

AIADMK would organise a series of agitations if the Lt Governor failed to intervene and do the needful, the memorandum pointed out.