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Bihar medical students protest quotas for OBCs

The peaceful movement could intensify with students threatening to go on a strike if the crisis is not resolved soon.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 13:14 IST

Medical college students in Bihar staged protests against the government's reservation policy of increasing quotas to 49.5 per cent in higher educational institutions.

Over 100 protestors from the Patna Medical College and Hospital and the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital marched in a rally in the scorching heat on Tuesday.

Though the protests were peaceful, the movement could intensify with students threatening to go on an indefinite strike if the central government did not resolve the ongoing quota crisis soon.

The angry students said they would boycott classes and examinations and keep away from hospital duty. According to the demonstrators, students from other medical colleges in Gaya, Darbhanga and Bhagalpur would also join their protest.

According to the proposal, 27 per cent additional reservations have been made for other backward classes (OBC) in the Indian Institutes of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and central universities that will take the overall reserved quota to 49.5 per cent.

First Published: May 02, 2006 13:14 IST