Recognition row: MCI sends 150 medical college students back to Baba Farid varsity

  • Vinay Dhingra, None, Pathankot
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2014 11:33 IST

Students of Chintpurni Medical College, who with their parents on Wednesday met Medical Council of India (MCI) chairman Dr Ved Parkash Misra, were on Friday shuttled back to the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) again and told to look for solution there only.

The students’ career is in jeopardy because of the pending recognition to the college at Bungal (Pathankot) since 2011. They were sent to the university vice-chancellor after being told that the MCI was not keen to recognise their degrees, even if they had cleared the examinations through the BFUHS. The argument given was that the college had failed to get recognition since it inducted the first batch.

The students, who had met the V-C had been told to meet the MCI chairman, at which the group of 40 had gone to Dr Misra with their parents. The MCI president told the to knock at the doors of the university again. Students said they had gone to Delhi with high hopes, believing that the chairman would consider the fact that they had cleared the PMT and that the college recognition was not their problem.

“We tried to convince him but he said since the college had no recognition for years, he could not assure us of anything,” said a student, adding: “We are scurrying between the MCI and the BFUHS, with both unwilling to understand our position. We had resorted to a strike as well but then 10 of us were penalised.”

College principal Dr KC Manchanda said it was fair to punish the students who violated the discipline agreement. He said the case for recognition was pending in the Punjab and Haryana high court and in the hearing on September 2, the college was hopeful of a favourable verdict.

“On September 6, we have scheduled third counselling to fill vacant seats after we get a decision in our favour. Students should not be worried,” he added.

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