The central executive committee of the students’ union yesterday decided to “boycott” the exams to press for at least 30 per cent reservation for local students at the institute.
“We urge the students of Meghalaya not to appear for the MBBS entrance examination as both the Centre and the institute have refused to respond to our demand despite repeated reminders,” KSU president Samuel Jyrwa said.
The Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People has echoed the KSU’s demand.
At present, the state’s quota is nine of the 50 seats in the institute, without any specific reservation for tribal students.
Jyrwa said of the nine seats allotted to Meghalaya, two seats were reserved for faculty members and staff of the institute.
East Khasi Hills superintendent of police A.R. Mawthoh said officials of the institute had requested them to deploy additional security forces for the smooth conduct of the examination. The officials fear that the KSU may try to prevent candidates from entering the institute.
“Our duty is to maintain the law and order and we will ensure that there is no security-related problem,” he added.
The KSU, however, said its volunteers would not be present in and around the institute tomorrow, as it is a Sunday. In fact, they have objected to the conduct of the entrance examination on a Sunday in Meghalaya where a majority of the people attend church services.
The union has also objected to the change in guidelines that prevents the state from nominating any candidate for the seats allotted to Meghalaya. The institute follows the national policy in selecting students and the state has no role in the process.
KSU leaders said if Meghalaya could nominate candidates for the seats allotted to the state in line with the RIMS, Imphal, the students could sign a bond with the state government ensuring their service to the state, as is done in Manipur.
It said the policy of the Northeast Indira Gan- dhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences towards Meghalaya was “step-motherly”.
Meghalaya chief minister Donkupar Roy met Union health minister Anbumani Ramadoss recently in Delhi and sought 30 per cent share of the MBBS seats in the institute for Meghalaya.
Roy told the Union minister that Meghalaya did not have a medical college and was facing an acute shortage of doctors.
According to Roy, if the institute selects the students, local students would not benefit from the allotment of seats to Meghalaya.