Members of the AIIMS faculty went on a 24-hour flash strike on Wednesday to protest removal of P Venugopal as Director of the institute and demanded his immediate reinstatement.
The decision to go on strike was taken after an hour-long meeting of the General Body of Faculty Association of AIIMS.
"We strongly condemn the removal of the Director and demands immediate withdrawal of the order regarding his dismissal," General Secretary of the Faculty Association KK Handa told reporters after the meeting.
It also condemned "interference in the institution's autonomy and various statements questioning the quality of research and clinical work at AIIMS" and demanded an apology from the minister in this regard.
He said the situation will be reviewed by the General Body tomorrow and a decision to continue the protest will be taken in the meeting.
Faculty members of the prestigious institute will also hold a candle light vigil in the campus tonight, he said.