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Engineering students join issue

ENGINEERING STUDENTS of the City today joined the anti-quota stir even as health services in the State?s largest government hospital, MY, remained crippled with junior doctors launching an indefinite hunger strike.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 15:17 IST

ENGINEERING STUDENTS of the City today joined the anti-quota stir even as health services in the State’s largest government hospital, MY, remained crippled with junior doctors launching an indefinite hunger strike.

However, the junior doctors started a parallel OPD in front of the MY Hospital main gate. The striking medicos got a major boost when engineering students joined the agitation making it the first time that students of educational streams other than medicine have joined the agitation. Junior Doctors’ Association Indore branch representative Dr Mohit Bhandari said that they would sit on hunger strike in batches of 10 every day.

There are almost 1,700 reserved seats in various institutions in the State and many deserving candidates have not got admissions. Under this mission, the JDA will also demand that the second generation of candidates who have availed of the benefits of reservation not be given reservation. Besides, those with an annual salary of over Rs 1 lakh should also not be given reservation.

Meanwhile, engineering college students under the aegis of ‘Youth For Equality’ took out a rally to protest against reservation. Praveen Rai and Nagendra Singh said that the rally was not meant to oppose ST, SC and OBC students. Our fight is against the policies and system, they said.

Around 500 students participated in the rally and were certain they would make the government see their point. Navneet Bargujar, despite belonging to the OBC category, participated in the rally. Navneet is an engineering student from Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science. Talking to Hindustan Times, he said that he had never got a caste certificate made. Another ST student, Rahul Burde, also marched along.

Meanwhile, in Gwalior, the anti-reservation strike by PG and undergraduate doctors of JA Hospital, Kamlaraja Hospital and GR Medical College entered the fourth day on Friday badly affecting medical services.

As a result, the patients’ turnout was also very low. The usually crowded hospital campus wore an almost empty look. However, the hospital administration claimed that all medical services remained normal.