Facing an uncertain future, 1,500 students of the controversial Gian Sagar Medical College, Banur, have something to cheer at last, as Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, will conduct special exams for them.
At a review meeting with health minister Brahm Mohindra, chief secretary Karan Avtar Singh, BFUHS vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur, secretary, medical education and research Vikas Partap, on Wednesday, chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered to conduct special exams for the affected students to cover their academic loss.
The CM also directed the state health minister to initiate steps for issuance of a show-cause notice to Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, where classes are not being conducted regularly, and which has been asked by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to stop admissions for two sessions.
Earlier, a press release issued by the CM office — and reported by HT on this page — said the CM had ordered shifting of students of both these colleges; but a revised release said students cannot be shifted at this stage in light of the show-cause notice as well as court cases.
The department’s decision on shifting of college students is likely to be announced by Monday after the expiry of show-cause notice already served to the Gian Sagar college management.
Also, expressing concern over the fate of the students of the crisis-hit Gian Sagar Medical College and Chintpurni college, Amarinder also ordered the department of medical education “to take all possible steps to secure the future of the students of these colleges”.
Earlier, the department officials briefed the CM about the pathetic state of affairs in both these colleges, saying that inspections by the department had indicated violations of several MCI norms. The meeting was informed that BFUHS has already initiated proceedings for the de-affiliation of the Gian Sagar Medical College and the department of medical education for its de-recognition.
Taking note of the ongoing court case regarding Gian Sagar Medical College, Amarinder said that since the case could take time to be resolved, it was necessary to find ways and means of compensating the students for the loss of time incurred in the process. He asked the department to find ways and means to ensure that students do not lose a year and to work out possible solutions for compensating the loss.
In the case of Chintpurni college, the CM stressed the need to facilitate the completion of the studies of students through special measures to enable them to appear for exams at a suitable time.
Meanwhile, the meeting between medical education secretary Vikas Partap, college staff, trustees and parents remained inconclusive as a new trustee, Varinder Kumar, could not present relevant documents of the change of guard in college management and failed to give timeframe of clearing the financial liabilities. The meeting was called on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court.