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‘Sick’ Government Medical College hostels cry for early cure in Amritsar

punjab Updated: Oct 06, 2016 14:09 IST
Divya Sharma
Government Medical College

A heap of garbage around boys’ hostel block-F. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Despite being one of the oldest and prominent medical colleges across the region, the Government Medical College here has failed to provide livable accommodation to future doctors, residing on the college premises. The eight hostels built in this historic campus, established in 1864, narrate a story of neglect and reveal a dismal state of affairs for young professionals keen on building their medical career.

There is heavy growth of wild grass around the boys’ hostel which has not been cleared for a long time; the medical professionals, who have the responsibility of curing patients, are themselves vulnerable to diseases due to heaps of garbage around this residential place.

Not only is this is strange but the presence of wild grass plays a potential home for various insects and snakes. There is also lack of parking space for these students. The students are compelled to park their vehicles inside the hostel, on the pavement and in some blocks; the bikes could be seen parked in the mess. The bathrooms are dirty, there is little sanitation. The corridor on the first floor has no electricity, there are dogs, sitting and waiting for the students.

Vehicles parked inside the mess of boys’ hostel block-D. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

The boys’ hostel in D and E block are in the same condition. Students are forced to purchase their own water bottles as there is no RO system, and the existing water capacity is not sufficient.

One of the students, on the condition of anonymity, said, “These hostels are not fit for living, there is no electricity back-up , making it extremely difficult for the students. Thefts are common here.”

Loose electric wires

One of the biggest problems in these old hostels is of loose and hanging electric wires. The wires are not arranged properly. The lives of studnts are always at a risk. A student said, “Just look at these things. Toilets are in a bad condition. We have adjusted ourselves. There are dogs roaming freely in the hostels. I guess the hostel was meant for humans!”

A stray dog in the hostel-F of GMC in Amritsar. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Girls hostel in better state

The condition of the girls’ hostel is still better. There are small problems of sanitation, space and improper bathroom fittings as these were renovated recently.

Dr Ranbir Singh Pannu, eye specialist and an alumuns of the college said, “ My batch mates and I were planning for a meet, We visited the college but I am sorry to see the state of the college hostel.”