Strike at PIMS continues, students sent on winter vacation

  • Sanjeev Bhalla, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
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  • Updated: Dec 17, 2013 20:52 IST

The doctors, paramedical staff and computer operators continued their strike at Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for the seventh consecutive day on Tuesday.

PIMS management tried to defuse the situation by offering agitating doctors to avail winter break from Tuesday, which they refused.

Meanwhile, in alleged violation of the norms of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), the PIMS reportedly sent all MBBS students on winter vacation four days in advance for 16 days against the regular 10-day vacation.

According to the vacation roster of the BFUHS to which the institute is affiliated, the winter vacation started from December 20 for students and it should not be for more than 10 days, university sources said.

Students told HT that they were sent on winter vacation from December 16 and were told to come back in January beginning.

"Why are our children being harassed for the malfunctioning of the PIMS? The exams of the second-year students had been postponed due to the strike. The classes are not being conducted. We had sent our children here to ensure a bright future for them but it seems we made a big mistake," said an agitating parent.

Currently, 300 students of two batches are pursuing their MBBS degree here.

Dr SS Sidhu, an agitating doctor, said, "This is a deliberate attempt by the PIMS management to keep students away from the agitating doctors as they fear they might join our agitation. Everything is going in a shady manner. They offered us to go on winter vacation but we refused."

The doctors are on strike as they have reportedly not been given salaries since July. The management had issued salary cheques to some of the doctors bearing the date November 10 but they had allegedly bounced.

PIMS sources said the striking doctors were not ready to take classes and had pressed the management to send students on winter vacation.

Despite repeated attempts, PIMS principal-director Dr Kulbir Kaur was not available for comment.
Meanwhile, BFUHS vice-chancellor Dr SS Gill said, "We are not aware of the vacation schedule being changed by the PIMS as they did not seek approval from us and had not intimated us. If they have done so, it is a serious matter that calls for action."


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