Patna: The state government in Bihar on Saturday decided that the qualifying marks for SC/ST medical aspirants in government medical colleges across the state should be reduced to 32 per cent, and thus reducing the medical cut off for SC ST reserved seats further.
According to sources, the government was virtually forced to embark on this drastic step because as many as 42 SC and six ST seats were going to remain vacant had the qualifying marks not been reduced.
Students from these communities with special status had earlier launched an agitation against the government, following which the matter reached the Patna High Court. The HC, after examining the matter, set September 30 as the deadline to fill all the 152 seats that remained vacant under both the General and reserved categories.
During a meeting convened by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi with the administration of all the nine government medical colleges in the state, it was decided that irrespective of their marks, no student from the reserved quota will be allowed to apply for a seat under the General quota.
Another round of meeting on the matter was conducted a day later on Sunday. However, as of Saturday, the government was yet to pass a written order to Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB) that conducts the counseling.
According to reports, the CM was not happy at all over the fact that a large number of reserved category students had to resort to protests to convey their grievances on the matter. The meeting was also attended by Bihar’s principal secretary in the department of health.
Another decision was made to alter the dates of counseling. Now, the counseling session commences on Monday and will continue on Tuesday.
“The state government makes a lot of effort to get the number of MBBS seats increased, but many seats were left vacant last year. This year, the principals and the government should work in tandem so that none of the seat remains vacant,” said Bettiah Medical College and Hospital principal Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, as reported by the Times of India.