Medical students protest quota hike

Sambalpur: Protest against the State’s decision to increase reservation in government-run higher education institutes continue to spread. This time round, the students of Burla Medical College voicing their concerns over the government decision carried out a protest rally from the college premises.

Citing that the government’s decision is not healthy for medical education, the protesting students demanded that the selection of candidates for admission in medical institutes should solely be based on merit. Moreover, with such reservations for special categories, the students of the general category will be deprived from higher education.

While only eight per cent of the seats were earlier reserved for the SC candidates in educational institutions, now they would avail 16.25 per cent of the seats in any college. Similarly, the ratio of reservation for ST students was enhanced to 22.5 per cent from 12 per cent.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik approved a proposal in this regard and the new decision would be implemented from the 2015-16 academic year. The government’s decision would be applicable for all the educational institutes run either by the government or private owners in the State.

The ST and SC students would get the facility in higher studies like medical and engineering colleges and universities, said Durga Prasad Behera, the additional secretary in higher education department.