Tomo Riba Institute of Medical Sciences in Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Tuesday resented the Union ministry of health and family welfare’s decision to stop allocating Central pool quota MBBS/BDS seats to the state for 2019-20 academic session.

“This has been done despite repeated demands for increasing the total number of seats at TRIHMS (Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences) from 50 to 100,” AAPSU president Hawa Bagang said in a statement.

Although 15% of the total seats are provided under the all-India quota at TRIHMS out of the total 50 seats, the remaining seats have not been sufficient enough to accommodate the young medical aspirants from the state, he said.

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“Further, the interested students who have secured more than the qualifying marks in the NEET exams are not getting medical quota seats in medical colleges of other states. The union has viewed the matter very seriously,” Bagang said.

Earlier, an AAPSU team led by its education secretary Prem Camdir Tallong had met the director of higher and technical education on the issue.

“We urge the state government and the trio MPs from the state (Kiren Rijiju and Tapir Gao in Lok Sabha and Mukut Mithi in Rajya Sabha) to immediately take up the matter with the Centre. Lives and career of many young aspirants are at stake and the Union health and family welfare ministry should not take the matter lightly,” Bagang said.

“We strongly demand allocation as well as a continuation of Central pool MBBS/BDS quota seats for Arunachal Pradesh for the current academic session with an equal number of MBBS/BDS seats as in the 2018-19 academic session. The total number of seats at TRIHMS, the lone medical college in the State, should also be increased from 50 to 100,” the AAPSU president said.

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