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150 medical students of Pathankot college fear uncertain future

Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times  Pathankot, August 09, 2014
First Published: 23:05 IST(9/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:07 IST(9/8/2014)

As many as 150 students of Chintpurni Medical College, Bungal, Pathankot, are worried about their future as the college has failed to get approval from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to admit its new batches after 2011.

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The students who went on a strike on Friday have asked the management to arrange one-to-one meeting with the vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, to clear the air.

The first batch of the students who had joined the college in 2011 are yet to see their juniors as the college had failed to convince the MCI over its shortcomings, which kept the college devoid of admitting students for three consecutive years. The college, however, still hopes to get approval by next month.

Students told HT that repeated rejection of approval by the MCI to their college had put a question mark on their future, as they had learnt that even after getting a passing certificate and degree from Baba Farid University, the MCI might not recognise it.

Students claimed that there was a buzz that after they passed out, the MCI might not allow them to appear for post-graduation. They said, "We fear we may not get internship and the respect which students in other medical colleges would get. We are desperate to know about our future as we have already spent three years and our course will conclude next year," they added.

"We have learnt that our representatives will be allowed to meet the V-C where we will put our demands in writing. If they don't give us a positive response, we will be left with no option but to go on an indefinite strike," the students asserted.

"It will be better if the MCI approves the college or we must be shifted to another college," they said.

Meanwhile, Swaran Salaria, chairman of the college, claimed that the college had proper infrastructure and they were fighting a case in the Supreme Court. "I am hoping that the college gets a positive nod from the MCI any time soon. The MCI is to meet the students' demands. The university and the college have always fought for their cause, so they should not take to agitation," he said.

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