Quota row hits AIIMS again
Durgesh Nandan Jha, TNN Jul 9, 2011, 05.55am IST
NEW DELHI: The issue of reservation for admission to AIIMS is creating
ripples once again. A section of senior faculty members has written to
the director, demanding the admission to BSc and MSc nursing courses
be stopped immediately because of alleged violation in the
distribution of seats among general, scheduled caste, scheduled tribe
and OBC candidates.
According to the letter, there is no reservation for the SC and ST
categories in MSc nursing this year, the counselling for which is to
be held on July 15. "The 18 seats have been divided into 14 unreserved
and four OBC seats. There is no reservation for SCs and STs," alleged
professor L R Murmu, one of the signatories to the letter. "Even last
year, no seat was reserved for SC/ST applicants."
According to the same letter, in BSc nursing, 60 seats have been
divided into 39 berths for the unreserved category, seven for SC, four
for ST and 10 for the OBC category. "The number of seats for SC/ST
ought to be nine and five, respectively. According to the prospectus
itself, 15% seats are to be reserved for SC and 7.5% for ST students,"
the faculty said.
Besides Murmu from the surgery department, the complainants include
Sunil Chumber, former sub-dean and professor of surgery, and
Shashikant, professor of social and preventive medicine. They have
demanded that the admission process for these courses be immediately
put on hold. "We demand that a time-bound inquiry be conducted to fix
the responsibility," reads the letter, also forwarded to the union
health minister and the National Commission for SC and ST among
The official spokesperson of AIIMS could not be reached despite
several attempts. The registrar and the sub-dean said they were not
authorized to speak to the media.
A senior official, involved in the process of making the reservation
list, said on the condition of anonymity "We follow a roster-based
system. No rules have been flouted," he said.
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