The Punjab government directed the management of Gian Sagar Medical College in Banur to submit a “concrete plan” within a day on clearing financial liabilities even as the faculty’s stir over non-payment of salary entered its 35th day on Tuesday.
With the paramedical staff also on strike along with the faculty from February 1 over wages pending since October, the 1,000 medical and dental students face complete washout of classes, forcing them too to frequently stage protest against the management.
State medical education secretary Vikas Pratap said the college’s chief executive officer, Manish Jakhar, was summoned for a meeting on Tuesday in which he was directed to bring a clear timeline on clearing staff salaries besides other liabilities, such as electricity bills. “Hopefully the management lists out its priorities in a scheduled meeting on Wednesday. In case they fail to spell out a plan, we will have to initiate action under the state rules,” he said. Sources said that the government is thinking of cancelling the essential certificate to open the college (granted in 2006), which means closure.
“We are trying to pressure the management into improving the college’s financial handling, as it will be very difficult to adjust the students in other medical colleges if the college is shut down,” said another state official, refusing to be named. “But if nothing works, we will be forced to take a tough call in the next couple of days,” said the official.
Last year, too, classes were suspended for three months for similar reasons.
Students getting restless
While government agencies are stuck in procedures and negotiations, students are getting restless over suspension of classes. “We will be forced to go on hunger strike if our classes are not resumed at the earliest,” said a student, who did not want be named. “We chose to become doctors so we could serve, not suffer,” he remarked.
What worries students, particularly those in the first year, are the exams in May. “Classes are suspended for over a month now and there are no patients in the hospital,” underlined another student.