Agartala: Tripura government and Opposition parties have recommended the Central government and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to additional relax eligibility criteria for admission to medical colleges for Northeast’s tribal students.
According to the MCI guidelines, a general category MBBS candidate will have to secure at least 50 % marks in both Class 12 and entrance examinations. The cut-off for students of tribal and SC communities is 40 %.
On Sunday, Tripura’s Health and Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty told reporters that “Both the Centre and the MCI are yet to communicate their decisions on more cut-off marks relaxations for the tribal and the Scheduled Castes (SC) community students seeking admission to MBBS courses.”
He also said that the relaxation will facilitate backward community students to obtain professional education.
Various political parties and tribal organisations have been disconcerted for the past 1 month in Tripura on the issue. Several individuals and organisations have also filed cases in the Gauhati High Court, looking for directives for additional relaxation of cut-off marks.