A day after the Punjab government told Punjab and Haryana high court that it can’t take over Gian Sagar medical college in Banur, the shifting of its 1500 students seems only option left now.
It looks apparent because the college management, both old and new, failed to revive the institute despite many opportunities given by the state government and the high court.
The classes in the college are laying suspended since February 1 as faculty and staff, who are on indefinite protest over pending wages, are yet not paid despite management’s repeated assurances to clear their dues besides other liabilities amounting to Rs 108 crore.
When contacted, new chairman of the college, Varinder Kumar blamed the faculty as they are not ready to accept salaries in phases.
However a teacher said, “How can they resume classes when they have not paid even a single salary despite management’s assurance to clear two salaries ten days ago in the high court”.
He added that the best solution to the ongoing crisis is for the government to take it over and “we are even ready to forfeit our pending dues for last 8 months if that happens,” he added
The shifting, he said, is extremely difficult and will only invite more complications.
As far as government is concerned, a senior official said that for those in government, the shifting seems only viable solution since the management failed to revive the college.
Sources however said that the final decision depends on the outcome of the high court orders, which resumes hearing again on Monday.
Parents on the other side are restless.
“How long our children are made to suffer due to the prevailing crisis in the college. We want either the college to run properly or clear decision on our shifting,”said Dr UP Singh, a parent from Chandigarh.