Mangaluru, Mar 13, 2017: Reports say that ’Doctors Against Corruption’ (DAC), under the aegis of the Indian Medical Association, Young Doctors’ Wing, conducted a signature campaign in February 2017, across all the medical colleges of the state, demanding centralised counselling for all medical admissions based on the NEET, and provision of 70% seats to Kannadigas.
The memorandum, with nearly 6000 signatures, was submitted to the Chief Minister of Karnataka. DAC had also organised a protest demonstration by more than 200 young doctors in front of the Karnataka Examination Authority, Bangalore, on March 4, 2017, pressing for the demands.
Despite strong demand from DAC for a centralised single window counselling, the KEA, the private colleges and deemed universities went ahead with notifications and initiated the counselling process, separately at KEA, COMEDK and CODEUNIK. However, with the latest order by the Central Government, the same consortiums - COMEDK and CODEUNIK have now been forced to withdraw their counselling process, clearly vindicating our demand.
With the clear order from the government as well as the previous judgments of the Supreme Court, the KEA has no option left now, but to immediately concede their very first demand. KEA must immediately modify their counselling process meant for only government seats, and instead include all the seats of both private medical colleges and deemed universities.
DAC other demands include :
Immediate Withdrawal of eligibility to seek admission in the Govt quota for students from outside the state of Karnataka, but have studied MBBS/BDS in Karnataka.
Providing 70% of seats in all private colleges and deemed universities to the government quota, to Kannadigas.
Parity of tuition fees, hostel fees and stipend for all students admitted under the Govt quota in Govt as well as private and deemed university affiliated medical and dental colleges.
Pursuing DAC’s agitation for our just demands, we are intensifying state-wide protests in medical and dental colleges across Karnataka from March 13, 2017. Many students’ organisations have pledged support to our campaign and will join the efforts very soon.
DAC is organising a Protest Demonstration in Mangalore on March 13, 2017 at 4.30 PM in front of theTown Hall. The medical fraternity along with parents and general public will participate.