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September 30, 2008

Meghalaya loses 3 addl medical seats


State loses 3 addl medical seats
By Our Spl Correspondent
SHILLONG: Following the assurance made by Union Health Ministry that five additional medical seats would be given to Meghalaya, KSU had suspended its agitation against the medical entrance examination for North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute for Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS).

However, out of the five seats promised, Meghalaya could get only two seats allotted in Tripura. The three other seats at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Imphal could not be sanctioned.

Senior officials from State Health Department informed that RIMS was supposed to increase its strength by 150 seats to be allocated to different states but it was unable to do so in the current year. This has jeopardized the future of three students of Meghalaya who were on the waiting list.

Speaking to The Shillong Times, parents of the students, who meant to fill the RIMS quota, said they were disappointed at the State Government's failure to fulfill the promises made earlier about getting five additional medical seats. Some of these students had surrendered their BDS seats because they were assured of getting into RIMS Imphal for MBBS.

The parents wondered if the Government would keep the seats of their wards on hold until such time the vacancies arose in RIMS. They felt that the Government which had virtually reneged on its promise should have negotiated with the Union Health Ministry for three additional seats to make up for the three that have now been forfeited, in view of the huge shortage of doctors in the State.

First years MBBS course at NEIGRIHMS under way
Classes for the first year MBBS course at NEIGRIHMS have started a week ago.
The results of the medical entrance examination conducted by NEIGRIHMS on September 7 were declared the very next day on the internet.

Out of 50 seats, eight have been allocated for the all-India open category, 18 seats for North East open category and 24 have been reserved for Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.

Of the reserved seats, Meghalaya got nine seats, Nagaland eight, Mizoram three and Arunachal Pradesh four seats. Of the 18 seats for the North East open category, students from Manipur made a clean sweep with 13 seats. Assam got three seats, Tripura one and a student from Meghalaya also got into the North East open category.

Sources stated that all the students who have made it to the respective merit lists have joined their classes. source: theshillongtimes

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