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Gian Sagar row: Punjab seeks more time to shift MBBS students

Punjab government cites shortage of MBBS seats in other colleges; says shifting BDS, nursing students not a problem

punjab Updated: May 17, 2017 11:28 IST
HT Correspondent
Gia Sagar Medical College

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The Punjab government on Tuesday sought more time from the Punjab and Haryana high court for a “composite scheme” for shifting the MBBS students of Banur-based Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital. 

State advocate general Atul Nanda told the HC bench that chief minister Amarinder Singh and health minister Brahm Mohindra were monitoring the exercise of shifting the students.

“There are some issues. There may not be any problem in shifting BDS and nursing students as there are enough vacant seats in the state colleges. But in case of MBBS students, there are not enough seats. The government is working on a composite plan which would be finalised soon,” Nanda said seeking more time from the court.

There are a total of 1,500 students in three streams who are to be shifted out of various colleges run by the Gian Sagar trust. The high court has posted the matter for May 23.

Seeing that the high court had sought a plan on shifting of MBBS students from the government.

The nursing and BDS course students of the colleges run by the trust have also moved the high court demanding that they too be shifted. The court has sought response from the government on their plea, students’ counsel Puneet Gupta said. 

It was on May 10 that the government had withdrawn the ‘essentiality certificate’ to medical colleges run by the trust. The faculty and paramedical staff of these colleges had been on strike, some of them since February 1. Their wages have been pending since October last year.

The classes have not been held since then.