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Medicos, IITians rally behind AIIMS director

MEDICOS AND IITians would soon start campaigning in the city to woo masses in support of their anti-quota protest. The target is to get two lakh signatures from the city and 10 lakh from the State. Later these signatures would be sent to the President of India on July 15. Meanwhile, 300 medicos have signed on a letter and sent it to AIIMS director, Dr P Venugopal Rao, urging him not to resign as his resignation would demoralise the medicos across the country.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2006 00:14 IST

MEDICOS AND IITians would soon start campaigning in the city to woo masses in support of their anti-quota protest. The target is to get two lakh signatures from the city and 10 lakh from the State. Later these signatures would be sent to the President of India on July 15.

Meanwhile, 300 medicos have signed on a letter and sent it to AIIMS director, Dr P Venugopal Rao, urging him not to resign as his resignation would demoralise the medicos across the country. Praveen Katiyar, a medico while talking to Hindustan Times, said, “For every aspiring medico, Dr Rao has been a role model as he performed the first cardiac transplant operation in the country. If he resigns due to the interference of illiterate politicians, it will give a wrong message to the budding doctors.”

To bolster anti-quota move here in the city at IIT-K, GSVM Medical college and other technical institutes, several teams have been formed of medicos and students of IIT-K. This all is being done to restrain the UPA government from passing the quota bill in the monsoon session of Parliament.

Divulging the future strategy, Chandrashekhar, a member of the Forum Of Indians Against Reservation, (FIR), said, “Initially we are going to get the signatures of people in the city and from July 3 to July 14 we would intensify the signature campaign at schools and colleges.”

The medicos and IITians are working in collusion and on Thursday again the medicos held a meeting at the Ganeshian square and conducted a signature campaign in support of AIIMS director Dr Venugopal Rao. Medicos were apparently hurt the way a highly qualified doctor was being treated by mentally bankrupt politicians. Akash Yadav, a medico at Tiruchilapalli, had joined medicos here at GSVM Medical College and lamented the government’s stand seeking explanation from Dr Rao.

Akash Yadav while talking to Hindustan Times said, “People are getting united in several states of the country and before the monsoon session of Parliament we would prove the strength and voices of masses and would compel the government to drop the idea of quota hike in higher institutions.”

The anger among medicos was palpable against the proposed quota hike, with the explanation sought from the AIIMS director working as a catalyst. A member of Youth For Eqality (Y4E), said, “The move by the UPA government against Dr Rao is sending the message to general public that illiterate people have more say in policy formation than the educated ones.”