Parents withdrew their wards from Pathankot-based private Chintpurni Medical College on Monday, in their fresh bid to mount pressure on the state government for early shifting of the MBBS students to other state-run medical colleges.
Their petition to expedite the shifting process of 101 last batch students, enrolled in the 2014-15 session, is already pending in the Punjab and Haryana High court.
“What is the point in keeping the kids in the college when they are not being taught anything,” questions Sushil Garg, who heads a joint forum of parents fighting for their shifting.
He said that state government in its recent affidavit to high court maintained that the students would be shifted in November after they finish their second-year session in the college. “But how can the government expect them to pass out the session when they have not attended even a single practical session on forensic medicine since the beginning of the current session,” said Garg, adding that only a few sessions in pathology and microbiology have been held. Further classes are held just to maintain the attendance, he alleged. “Just two-three teachers visit every day in morning hours. We even don’t know whether they are duly recognised by the medical council of India since its inspection report in March categorically stated that the college had zero faculties,” Garg said.
Amid all these, he said, the college management has been forcing parents to submit next session’s fee despite knowing that their shifting has already been ordered by the high court on June 7.
Pressing the state government for early implementation of these orders, Garg informed that all the students and parents would march towards the office of Director Research and Medical Education in Mohali on Wednesday to demand their early exit. They will also meet the medical education secretary
“If the students are forced to join the college, they will not attend classes,” he added
Another member Arun Batra said that the department’s stand in the court that shifting process would take few months due to department’s inspections and other formalities was just a waste of time
“Successive MCI’s reports have exposed the college’s infrastructure which is sufficient ground for the department to shift our wards,” he added
Medical education secretary Vikas Partap said that he cannot comment anything since the matter is sub judice. “We will submit our detailed reply in court’s next hearing,” he added
The hearing on parents’ contempt petition against June 7 orders is pending on July 22 while MCI is likely to file its response on the matter during the resumed hearing of the original case.