The crisis at Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Banur, deepened on Wednesday evening as the deadlock between the protesting staff and college management continued with the management telling the staff to resume classes from Thursday or face termination as the talks between the two on the college campus failed.
Later, the management’s “threatening” emails further provoked the staff, who categorically refused to resume classes till the clearance of their pending dues. A senior faculty told HT that they were ready to face even termination.
With both the faculty and management not budging from their respective positions, about 300 students, along with parents, who were part of the failed meeting, blocked the Zirakpur-Patiala highway in front of the college around 4.30 pm for an hour.
The classes in the college have been suspended since February 25 as the staff is protesting against the non-payment of salaries since September. As the management paid their salaries till November on Tuesday, it wanted the staff to resume work.
Medical education director Dr Manjit Kaur Mohi rushed to the college around 6 pm. However, there was no solution in sight till the filing of this report. While Mohi refused to say anything, college management chief executive Manish Jakhar was not available for comment.
Meanwhile, a showdown between the staff and management is imminent when the college begins on Thursday.
“If the management thinks termination is the best solution, let it terminate us on Thursday since our present condition is no better,” said a senior faculty, adding that the college management is repeating the same mistake committed by Chintpurni medical college, Pathankot, where the services of the agitating faculty were terminated over their pending dues a year ago.
UP Singh, representing a group of agitated parents, said they wanted that the state government take over the college management immediately as no solution was in sight. “We are worried about the future of our children,” he said, adding that if the situation did not improve, parents had no option but to move court, urging it to shift their wards to other colleges.
When contacted, medical education secretary Hussan Lal said the government is equally worried about the current situation. “We want the management to resume classes immediately and clear the staff’s dues by April 30,” he said.