The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, has written to the principal secretary, department of education, Punjab, suggesting shifting of students of Chintpuri Medical College, Pathankot, to other colleges as their college is apparently short of faculty and equipment.
Copies of the letter have been sent to the minister concerned and the director, medical research and education.
The university wrote the letter on August 28, a week after representations by more than 100 students of the college, along with their parents, demanding shifting, alleging that the college lacked faculty as well as OPD and IPD (out-patient and in-patient departments).
“The first batch, admitted in 2011, has reached the final professional course. As there have been no admissions in the college after 2011, the college is grossly deficient in teaching and there is the problem concerning the faculty in some subjects. There is also an acute shortage of clinical material,” wrote Dr SS Gill, vice-chancellor of BFUHS.
“Keeping in view the study and training of the students in the college, it is suggested that they must be ‘distributed’ among other colleges, following the due procedure,” the letter said.
Jagmohan Singh, a student’s parent, said: “Though the university has written to the officials concerned, there is no chance of shifting the students. We are again here in Faridkot to lodge our protest.”
“After the university’s letter, we met the minister concerned, but he has told us that once admitted, shifting is not possible,” a student claimed, wishing not to be named.
Anil Joshi, medical education and research minister, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
Swaran Salaria, chairman of Chintpuri Medical College, also could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. He had told HT on August 25 that the college was providing all requisite infrastructure.
“The degrees, which are to be awarded by BFUHS, would be recognised. The college has the required permission from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to run the batch,” he had claimed. He had said that “misguided” students were creating problems at the behest some vested interests.
When contacted, KC Manchanda, principal of the Pathankot college, said, “I cannot comment on the letter. Only those people can do so who have written it.”