In a major respite to both parents and students, the protesting staff of Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Banur, called off their nearly three-month-long protest on Thursday after the management paid them two more months’ salaries as per a recent settlement.
The classes in the college have been suspended since February 25 after both teaching and non teaching faculty had gone on an indefinite protest owing to nonpayment of their salaries since September. The hectic parleys between government and staff started following pressure from parents.
Saying all classes would resume on Friday, chief executive officer Manish Jakhar said the college had cleared all their dues till January as assured to the staff and state government in recent meetings with medical education secretary Hussan Lal. “Their pending dues till March will now be cleared positively by the end of this month,” he added.
He said it was tough time for the college as the dwindling revenue created acute financial crisis. “But we are on a revival path. With additional funds being infused recently, we will be comfortable in our management in the days to come, he said, adding that their immediate priority would be to cover the pending syllabus of the students as they were the worst affected in the recent crisis, besides improving the hospital’s functioning.
“With the faculty assuring us that they are willing to take extra classes, we will able to revive studies at the earliest along with hospital’s working,” Jakhar said.
FACULTY SHORTAGE MAJOR CONCERN
A major concern that looms large over the college is the faculty shortage. Sources said several departments, including paedratrics and medicine, were left with very few teaching staff. “With the Medical Council of India’s recognition pending this year, the college must fill its vacancies at the earliest,” sources said.
Jakhar said the process to hire staff was in process and the management would soon be able to hire new faculty as per the MCI norms.
‘WILL PERMANENTLY MONITOR WORKING’
Hussan Lal said the department would permanently monitor the college’s working and ensure that students didn’t face such a crisis again. “The college has been asked to submit its financial status for the next six to seven months so that such a situation could be avoided,” he said.
The college, it is learnt, has also given a written undertaking that the fee collected from parents would be used only to pay staff salaries and meeting its running expenses.