Classes at Gian Sagar Medical College in Banur, 40km from here, remain suspended for the past three weeks as the faculty and paramedical staff continue with their protest that started on February 1 over non-payment of salaries since October last.
Last year too, the college saw a massive protest by faculty for over three months because of similar delay in salaries that caused academic loss for over 600 MBBS and dental sciences students at the private institute.
Classes were then resumed after the management cleared the salary dues and assured the state government of better financial management in future. But the financial prudence of the college, according to faculty, has not improved
Specifically, the college had given a written undertaking last year to the state government about opening a separate fund of students’ tuition fee that was to be used to pay the staff regularly. But faculty members, who did not wish to be named, said the hospital of the college is the worst affected as there is no facility even for routine tests. “More than teachers, the students are suffering despite paying a huge fee,” said a teacher. “We are on protest since February 1 and the management is not bothered about it,” he added
The faculty have approached both the state government and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences to which the college is affiliated, to intervene and find a permanent solution this time.
College dean Dr AS Sekhon said, “The ongoing situation is a pity for both students and faculty. I don’t have an answer to why the college’s financial position is bad. Only the management can answer.” College chief executive Manish Jakhar, however, said that the management would not let the problem spill over like last year. “We will certainly pay the salaries in the coming week,” he said.
UP Singh, parent of one of the students, “It is the high time the government took over the institution or shifted our wards, as students can’t be made the scapegoat in this matter.”
When contacted for comment, state director, medical education and research, Dr Sujata Sharma said that she would look into the issue.