n protests. 'He has nothing to do with the protest,'said Debesh Chandra Biswal, inspector of Cuttack's Mangala bag police station.
'The student's condition is stable and nothing serious has happened to him. He is under medical examination,' said Biswal.
While it was not clear if the two immolation bids were related with the ongoing anti-quota protests, they brought back the memory of a self-immolation big made by Rajeev Goswami, a student, in New Delhi to protest the Mandal Commission recommendations to enlarge the scope of caste-based reservations in 1989.
Even as the medicos' strike in the capital to oppose the fresh quota regime entered its 16th day, the protesting doctors said they would press on with their agitation despite their meetings with cabinet minister Oscar Fernandes and Health Secretary P.K. Hota.
'After two rounds of talks with the minister and the secretary, the government is yet to give us a written assurance. Till the time we receive something concrete we will keep with our strike,'said a student leader.
While announcing its intention to implement the fresh quota proposal from the next year, the government has said it will increase the number of seats in higher educational institutions to ensure interests of all sections of society.
The health ministry Saturday directed nine medical institutions in the country to increase the number of their seats and furnish a first draft of their proposal by June 15.
First on the ministry's list is the capital's All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where it has asked the administration to increase the number of postgraduate seats from the existing 50 to 90.
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