ANIIMS: Expulsion of Tribal Students
Why Robinhood Plan Boomeranged?
By Zubair Ahmed
Indeed, all actions are based on intentions. And, the intentions might had been noble in admitting tribal students from Nicobars in the newly opened
, by lowering the
criteria set by Medical Council of India (MCI). But, the plan has boomeranged
with the expulsion of a few ST students and the backlash from the Nicobari community. Medical
The students belonging to Nicobari tribe scoring less than 40% marks in ANIIMS conducted entrance exam, ANIPMT were expelled after seven months on the direction of MCI, which has stirred up a hornet's nest with the Tribal Councils of Nicobar district giving a clarion call for reinstatement of the students or face boycott. The Councils had appealed Nicobari students to boycott schools from 18 July if their demand was not met. And, following the decision, around 700 tribal students did not attend schools yesterday.
After an emergency meeting called at the District headquarters, the Tribal Council has conceded to the appeal of the authorities to send their children to school on the condition that the issue will be resolved in their favour by this weekend.
Without its own building, the college started functioning at Ayush complex with additions and modifications. A few other buildings around it were also occupied and tweaked to fulfill the MCI guidelines. Many more buildings - Teal House, Hornbill Nest, Dugong Guest House - were occupied, and now the
in its second year is spread
throughout the city. In short, the Administrator could silence all his critics
by making the Medical College a reality. Medical
The weather was conducive and the sail smooth for the medical college, but with the departure of a few trusted officials of the Administrator including Anand Prakash, the Chief Secretary, there has been a turnaround and the activities of the
has come under
the scanner. The autonomy enjoyed by the Dean in all matters - administrative
as well as academics is also learnt to have been curtailed. It is alleged that
procedures and norms were flouted from the beginning with Medical Council of
India too looking the other way. Medical
The intention to admit tribal students reducing the minimum marks criteria might have been very noble and an example of inclusiveness. But, the decision had also created bitterness among many as they felt the decision to be arbitrary and against the norms. The predicament of the expelled students and the call for boycott by the community against the expulsion, are issues with serious repercussions. Whether the Administration as a single entity would support the cause of the students or would stick to the norms set by MCI? The signs of alienation of a community from the mainstream seems to be the larger issue at hand. Moreover, bridging the various mini
Islands inside the bureaucracy without fear and favour
would define the fate of many ongoing developmental projects and sustainability
of the newly established institutions.