The fate of over 100 MBBS students of the Chintpurni Medical College and Hospital (CMC&H), Pathankot, continues to hang in the balance as the medical education department has failed to stand by its assurance to redress their grievances.
The college officials on September 12 had informed the parents of students through SMS saying the Punjab medical education and research minister, vice chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) and the principal secretary will visit the college next day to resolve the issue.
However, medical education and research minister Anil Joshi never turned up and the students were left in the lurch.
MBBS students of 2011 batch at the CMC&H have been demanding that they should be shifted to other colleges in Punjab at the earliest after their institute was not recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
Harleen Kaur, an MBBS student of the college, said, “For two years, we are appearing in regular examination in our college. But now we were told that without MCI affiliation our course will not be valid.”
“Despite our repeated requests, no step has been taken by the authorities concerned to adjust us in other affiliated colleges. We have another examination scheduled in November and still we are not sure about the status of our admission,” she added.
The MCI had debarred the college from admitting students after 2011 as a result of which 150 students of the first batch who were admitted after clearing the Punjab Medical Entrance Test (PMET) suspect that they might not be given degrees after completion of their MBBS course.
After being shuttled between the MCI and the state government for past few months, the students sat on a dharna outside the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) in Faridkot for three days.
On this, BFUHS vice chancellor Shawinder Singh Gill wrote to the Punjab government to consider the demand of the protesting students.
Dr Sanjeev Jindal, an aggrieved parent, said, “All we want is to save the future of the students. We are taking all possible steps to do this but both the state government and the MCI are apparently least bothered about the students’ career.”
“The minister’s not coming to meet us and the dictatorial attitude of the college authorities indicates that they are trying to brush matter under the carpet. BFUHS puts the blame on MCI and vice versa. The authorities concerned have not given us a clear explanation till date,” Jindal added.
The delay is only hampering the studies of students who worked hard to clear PMET and got an admission for MBBS, another parent said.
When contacted, medical education and research minister Anil Joshi said, “It is not an easy task to shift 150 students in one go. We are concerned about their career and have contacted the MCI in this connection. The government will follow the direction given by the MCI.”