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Boycotting Schools in Nicobar for Education

Boycotting Schools in Nicobar for Education

The Andaman and Nicobar administration, vide its Extraordinary Gazette notification on 7 September 2015, lowered the minimum percentage of marks required for the Scheduled Tribe candidates for admission to the MBBS course and admitted eight Nicobarese students at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Institute of Medical Sciences. In March 2016, the Medical Council of India argued these admissions as illegal and discharged the concerned students, which has stirred resistance among the Nicobarese.

1 An Extraordinary Situation

In June 2015, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare permitted the Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) administration to upgrade the district hospital at Port Blair to a teaching institute, thus setting up the first medical college in the islands. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands Institute of Medical Sciences (ANIIMS) was to provide medical education to local students and strengthen healthcare in the remote islands.

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