Thiruvananthapuram: The state government had to revise an order thrice in a gap of six hours on Wednesday as it created confusion over the quotas in medical colleges.
The exercise was to accommodate a ten per cent quota in MBBS seats for students from economically backward students among forward castes.
While all eight non-minority self-financing medical colleges got a 10 per cent increase in seats for the purpose, none of the ten medical colleges with minority status figured on the list.
Following the protest, a new order was issued, including minority colleges.
However, by evening a new order restricted the increase to government colleges.
The order makes it clear that the self-financing colleges would have to approach the Medical Council of India (MCI) for ensuring the 10 per cent increase for the forward caste students.
The order was withdrawn after confusion over who will bear the fees.
The government stand was that it could not bear the expenses self-financing colleges incur.
The new decision on increasing the seats was to ensure that the existing share of seats would not be reduced in any of the categories as part of implementing the new reservation system....