If you want to study and stay in a hostel in Punjab’s oldest medical college, don’t forget to take your own bed. Government Medical College, Amritsar, doesn’t even provide beds to the students.
After the recent MBBS admissions, the students who opted for hostel accommodation at the college were asked to bring their beds.
“After my daughter got admission in the college, we inquired about the list of things we needed to bring. We were left astonished when besides a table and chair, the warden also asked us to get a bed,” said a parent, whose daughter got admission in the college this year.
He said they were told by the warden that it was the students’ responsibility to bring beds.
The practice was confirmed by college officials. When contacted, Archna Jaiswal, warden of the girls’ hostel at the Amritsar medical college, said two of the three hostels didn’t provide furniture.
“These hostels were built around 10 years ago. Since then, students have been bringing their own furniture,” she said.
The hostel which does offer furniture to occupants is an old one and it is allocated to the senior students only. New students either girls or boys, they have to get their own furniture.
The college came into being as a medical school in Lahore in 1864 and was relocated from Lahore to Amritsar in 1920. Of the 12 directors of the country’s premier institute, the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, eight have been from the Amritsar medical college.