“I can’t help but feel like a step daughter of mother India today” – MBBS Student from Maharastra
PG examination for getting into an MD/MS course is easily one of the most difficult examinations one can face. The seats are limited, the syllabus enormous, and the no of people competing is too high. Medical students, despite all odds, try their best to get a specialisation and college of their choice. All through the 6 years of MBBS, getting a decent masters seat is what any student can dream of.
However, Maharashtra government has played a cruel joke on us students. Five years back, most of us who took admission to an MBBS course in Maharashtra through the All India category, had gotten decent ranks in the AIPMT. We could have chosen seats in any state, but we chose maharashtra because of the promise it offers in terms of the greater no of PG seats along with quality education. I, for example, was getting a seat In LHMC, Delhi, but chose maharashtra because of the greater no. Of PG seats.
But today an attempt has been made to shatter my dreams, to curb my spirit.
Maharashtra government today declared NON DOMICILE graduates having passed MBBS from colleges of Maharashtra, ineligible for taking admission to 50% state quota seats for PG courses in government colleges of Maharashtra.
This notice came late in the evening yesterday without any prior indications. This has never happened in the past. The decision was deliberately taken on a Friday evening, when all courts will be shut for the next three days so that we cannot file a petition . Meanwhile, Dmer will release the state list on Sunday, without our names. All this, after two rounds of all India counselling are already over and we cannot fill in preferences by the all India category any more . ( The state government has already violated the SC deadline of releasing the state list)
All these months since the NEET results came out in January, we had planned to take seats via Maharashtra state quota. And now 4 days before commencing of the academic session, we have been denied our rights and he have been left helpless.
Even if the government had to come up with such a xenophobic law, they could have made it clear that it’ll be applicable to students taking admission to MBBS this year onwards. Why this knee jerk reaction? Just to appease some sections of the society?
We Indians are quick to Cry “racism, xenophobia ” to the hate crimes against Indians in other countries, but not once do we look at our own backyard, where hardworking students’ future is at stake just because some dim witted politician came up with a xenophobic law overnight.
Today I don’t have a state quota in any state- not in my native state because quota is given only to students who have completed mbbs from that state, and not even in Maharashtra. Non resident maharashtrians, however, are getting a state quota in two states. If this is not discriminatory, I don’t know what is.
I can’t help but feel like a step daughter of mother India today.
Where do we go now?
Anonymous submission by a student