In a bid to end the ongoing crisis at the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Banur, the department of medical education and research has called the institution management for a meeting on Monday and spell out its exact plan on how it will pay off pending salaries of the faculty and para-medical staff.
Classes at the college, which has nearly 500 MBSS students, have been suspended since February 25 as the entire teaching and non-teaching staff is on strike over non-release of their salaries for the past six months.
Several shortcomings such as a drop in patient footfall and shortage of faculty as raised by an expert committee report of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, will also be discussed in detail, it has been learnt. The department has also sought the account details of the staff.
Secretary medical education Hussan Lal said the college had been warned in recent communications to end the stalemate and clear the pending dues of staff at the earliest.
“It has come to our notice that the college management recently paid one-month salary to the faculty till October and two-month salary to the non-teaching staff till November,” he said.
“In the meeting, we will assess the situation as how the college plans to pay off salaries so that classes can be resumed at the earliest,” he said.
Some protesting staff members said this was not the first time that the college management failed to disburse their salaries in time.
A senior faculty member said t due to non-payment of dues, nearly 40 teachers have left the college in the last couple of months. College chief executive officer (CEO) Manish Jhakhar, however, denied this.
He claimed that only three or four faculty members had resigned and that too due to personal reasons.
“All I say at this stage is that we are on the revival path and we have already begun paying the staff. The remaining dues will be cleared by the end of next month and we will begin recruiting faculty,” said Jhakhar.
The college faced some fund crunch as sanctioning of loans by banks got delayed due to rumours, he said.
On the other hand, a senior faculty member said that they were tired to getting verbal assurances for the last several months. “We will not resume classes till dues are not cleared, he said.
Another faculty member, who did not want to be named, said the Medical Council of India (MCI) would de-recognise the college if it conducted an inspection anytime. He claimed the number of faculty members for MBBS has come down to 70 against the required 200.
Director medical education and research Dr Manjit Kaur Mohi said the situation at the college was serious and the department is in regular touch with the college management to end this crisis.