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Amritsar: GMC students protest against delay in stipend

Final year students of Bachelor of medicine and Bachelor of surgery of Government Medical College, Amritsar gathered at office of local minister for local bodies, medical education and research, Anil Joshi and expressed their displeasure over delay in release of their stipends on Thursday.

punjab Updated: Nov 04, 2016 15:31 IST
HT Correspondent
Students of Government Medical College protest outside Punjab minister Anil Joshi’s office in Amritsar on Thursday.
Students of Government Medical College protest outside Punjab minister Anil Joshi’s office in Amritsar on Thursday. (HT Photo)

Final year students of Bachelor of medicine and Bachelor of surgery of Government Medical College, Amritsar gathered at office of local minister for local bodies, medical education and research, Anil Joshi and expressed their displeasure over delay in release of their stipends on Thursday.

The students were angry towards non-payment of their stipend and alleged that they have not been paid the stipend from the past eight months.

As per the system, the final year students are required to undergo a compulsory training for a period of one year. Under this, a student is posted in number of departments and is paid `9,000 per month. However, in this case, the students have not been paid.

High drama was witnessed at the scene, with heated arguments between the minister, students and principal of the college Dr BS Bal. The students alleged that they have not been paid due to the new attendance system that has been put in place by Dr BS Bal. As per this new attendance system, a student is required to mark attendance once at unit number 1 at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital and other at the department, where they are undergoing training. Assuring that attendance was introduced to make sure that students report for their duties, Dr BS Bal said, “ Firstly, the attendance was introduced after I came to know that most of the interns do not take their duties seriously. They do not report for medical duties and prefer taking admission in coaching classes for their masters’ entrance examination. It was important for the authorities to stop this.”

“Secondly, regarding the stipend, it was not stopped as such, but it got delayed after the behavior of the interns was brought to notice of the higher-ups,” he said.

“The students refuse to come and mark the attendance. We have already received the money and we will be paying them soon,” he added.

Anil Joshi spoke to the students and said, “I assure students that they will receive the stipend till Monday soon. The matter will be resolved.”