24 ST medical seats to be reserved in Agartala

Agartala: The impasse over admission to 24 ST reserved medical seats in Agartala Govt Medical College (AGMC) continued today with Tripura government yet to receive any directive from the Centre about reducing the cut-off mark while the opposition was insisting on relaxing that. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar called up Union Health Minister Ghulam Navi Azad last evening to be apprised of the Centre's stand on the cut-off marks for admission in MBBS course, state Health and Family Welfare Minister Tapan Chakraborty said. Out of 27 ST reserved MBBS seats in the AGMC, only three students were found eligible as per the MCI approved cut-off mark - 40 per cent, a state official said. Chakraborty told reporters at the secretariat that “the union minister had told the chief minister that he would call back later but that call is yet to come.” The matter was discussed threadbare in yesterday's state cabinet meeting but there was no headway. “We can't fill up the vacant MBBS seats ignoring the cut-off marks laid down by the MCI,” Chakraborty said. Opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath urged the Centre to offer relaxation in the cut-off marks considering the ground reality. Another opposition party - Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) - has also been insisting for admission in 24 ST reserved seats without considering the cut-off marks.