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Medical students hold demonstrations in AIIMS

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 5: Agitating medical students along with members of the Residents Doctors' Association and Society for Young Scientists today held demonstrations in AIIMS, demanding roll-back of the proposal to provide 27 per cent reservation to OBCs in Central Government educational institutions.

The demonstration was held in Central Lawns of AIIMS this morning.

Tomorrow, representatives of United Student's, the Bharat Uday Mission and Youth for Equality will attend a convention to chart out their future course of action.

''The agenda for the convention is how to take the agitation forward and coordination among various organisations,'' said Mr Aditayaraj Kaul, spokesperson for the United Students.

The medical students, who are on an indefinite strike since April 27, are also meeting this evening to decide their future strategy.

''A meeting will be held this evening to decide what we are to do next,'' AIIMS Students' Union spokesperson Sasmit Sarangi told UNI.

''We are formulating the strategy for the next stage of the agitation,'' he added.

Yesterday, a five-member delegation of the United Students, which represents students from the Delhi University, the IP University and several schools, submitted a 21-point memorandum to President A P J Abdul Kalam against the quota proposal.

The United Students claimed that it has the support of Bharat Uday Mission, representing IIT and JNU students, the Youth for Equality, under which all the five medical colleges of Delhi are represented and the Youth of Justice.

On May 2 the students held peaceful demonstrations against the proposal. They raised anti-government, anti-Arjun Singh slogans and marched to Jantar Mantar after gathering at Maulana Azad Medical College near ITO here.

Student under the 'Youth for Equality' banner said on May 12, medical students from all over India would gather in Delhi for a ''mass rally'' to highlight the issue.

They will launch a signature campaign on tomorrow at India Gate.

The signed poster would be submitted to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her intervention into the matter sought.

A batch of OBC students also joined the protest while stressing the need to provide economic benefits for students and reserving seats up to the secondary/senior secondary level and not in institutions of higher education.

The students of Maulana Azad Medical College, Lady Hardinge Medical College, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, University College of Medical Sciences and Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College have boycotted lectures and stayed away from OPD services.

On April 27, HRD Minister Arjun Singh met representatives of the students but declined to discuss the issue until after elections.

The students decided to continue with the agitation as they were not ''satisfied'' with Mr Singh's response to their demand.

They had sought ''concrete assurance'' from the Minister with regard to the proposal. They demanded that Mr Singh hold consultations with them before the matter reached the Cabinet.

A source said the HRD Minister told the representatives that any decision was not for him alone to make. It would be taken by the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

On April 26, hundreds of students of medical colleges clashed with the police after it prevented them from 'petitioning' Mr Singh against the reservation policy and road blockade.

The students were tear-gassed and sprayed with water cannons when they blocked traffic on Janpath, near Hotel Le Meridian crossing.


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