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Centre urged to relax medical admission rules for tribal students

RAIPUR: In view of the difficulties being faced in the admission of tribal students in the medical colleges in Chhattisgarh, Tribal Welfare minister Kedar Kashyap urged the Central government to relax admission rules.

Leading a delegation, Kashyap on Wednesday called on Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan and told him that as per the present norms, admission of only 32 tribal students could be made possible against the total reserved 166 seats of Chhattisgarh medical colleges. At a time, when there is huge shortage of doctors in the tribal areas, the tribal students can solve this problem. The central government should consider seriously about relaxation of admission norms, he said.

Kanker MP Vikram Usendi, Bijapur MLA Mahesh Gagda and tribal students were part of the delegation. The Union health minister assured to consider the demand on receiving proposal from the state government.

Kashyap said, because of the efforts of the state government much development could be made in the education field in the tribal areas of Chhattisgarh. Despite of unfavourable circumstances, large number of students is interested in engineering and medical education. As such, if the reserved seats of tribal students would remain vacant, it could adversely affect their willpower, he added.

Kashyap urged the Union Health Minister to relax admission norms, looking to the local challenging circumstances. He also demanded to open AIIMS or any other super speciality hospital of that level in Jagadalpur, in view of lack of medical facilities in Bastar area. In conformity with the concern of Bastar area, Dr Harshvardhan told the delegation to send a proposal in this respect through the state government. He assured that the Central government would definitely take step in this regard.