KGMU students to continue protest
RESIDENT DOCTORS of the King George?s Medical University, in their general body meeting held on Tuesday have resolved to continue their peaceful protest against reservation policy by putting up black badges on their arms. However, at the same time they welcomed the government?s decision to come out with some middle path to resolve the deadlock.india Updated: May 17, 2006 01:32 IST
RESIDENT DOCTORS of the King George’s Medical University, in their general body meeting held on Tuesday have resolved to continue their peaceful protest against reservation policy by putting up black badges on their arms. However, at the same time they welcomed the government’s decision to come out with some middle path to resolve the deadlock.
They demanded action against police officials who resorted to lathicharge on Mumbai doctors in which several junior doctors were injured. The KGMU docs stated that they were not against reservations but it should be such so that economically backward people of both lower caste and upper caste students benefited.
They also proposed that the government should increase the number of seats to make for the loss for reserved seats so that meritorious students do not suffer in this fight against reservations. Students belonging to creamy layer should be kept away from reservations even if they belonged to lower caste.
Medical students in Kanpur have finally decided to come out openly in support of their colleagues who are staging anti-reservation demonstrations in several cities of the country.
The medicos agreed to extend support to the movement after students associated with the Bharat Uday Mission contacted them.
A group of four students, who are on a ‘Bharat Yogita Bachao Andolan Mission, contacted the students on the medical college campus and solicited their support.
The students who sought support included Atul Shukla (mechanical engineering), Manish Shukla (IIT-Mumbai), Shiv Nath Sharma (B. Tech) and Abhishek Singh (M Tech from IIT- K).
Medical college students and students of other institutions of higher education will take out a procession from Coca Cola crossing, Motijheel. Talking to the Hindustan Times, Manish Shukla said undergraduate students had stayed away from the agitation so far, as they feared disciplinary action by the medical college principal.
Meanwhile, the Kanpur chapter of the IMA condemned police atrocities on agitating medical students in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Meanwhile, IMA office-bearers said Black Day would be observed on Wednesday, a statewide strike on May 20 and nationwide strike on May 25. All medical services, except emergency, would be suspended during the May 20 strike.
Upset over the quota issue, students of the Moti Lal Nehru Medical College forcibly closed OPD, took out a rally at Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital and shouted slogans against the Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh on Tuesday.
Students also decided to run a parallel OPD on the SRN Hospital campus from Wednesday for the convenience of poor patients. Wearing apron from reverse side, the students showed their protest against the lathi-charge on medical students in Delhi and Mumbai, who were protesting against the move for OBC reservation in medical and engineering courses.
The students led by Dr Sunil Kumar Shukla reached the emergency ward at about 10 pm and requested the senior doctors to close the OPD in support of their agitation against OBC quota.
They locked all the OPDs and later shouted slogans against Arjun Singh in front of emergency building. Holding anti-quota placards in their hands, they also took out a rally on the hospital campus. The students also threatened to completely struck OPD service from Wednesday and conducted meeting to decide future course of action.
Meanwhile, pro-quota group took out a bicycle rally from the AU Student Union hall to the District Magistrate office via Manmohan Park, PD Tandon Park, Subhash Square, the High Court and the AG office.
Later, a meeting was held at the DM office which was addressed by several student leaders. The student leaders demanded reservation for OBC students in higher education and said that they would stick to their guns on the quota issue.
Meanwhile, AUU president Ajit Kumar Yadav said that a procession would be taken out on Wednesday from varsity to DM’s office where the students would stage dharna in support of reservation.
A report from Varanasi said, as part of the nation-wide anti-reservation protest, the one-day strike of undergraduate and postgraduate students at Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) turned into an indefinite strike here from Tuesday.
In a unique way of their protest against the Union government’s proposal to increase reservations at Central-Government funded higher academic institutes, the medical students set up a parallel out patient department ward on the IMS premises and diagnosed the patients here today.
Now the medical students are contemplating a ‘hunger strike to get their demands fulfilled.