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KGMU docs call off strike; 25 suspended

THE JUNIOR doctors of the King George?s Medical University today called off their strike ?unconditionally?, shortly before the deadline for invoking ESMA ended. They even dissolved the Resident Doctors? Association that had called for the strike.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 01:47 IST

THE JUNIOR doctors of the King George’s Medical University today called off their strike ‘unconditionally’, shortly before the deadline for invoking ESMA ended. They even dissolved the Resident Doctors’ Association that had called for the strike.

On their part, the KGMU authorities suspended 23 UG students and 2 junior doctors for their involvement in various cases, including the January 12 incident, on the campus. Action against five students named in the FIR in connection with the arson at the administrative block and 14 other students is likely to come tomorrow.

Assistant professor KK Singh, who has been sent to jail today, is also under deemed suspension till he remains in jail, as per the rules for appointment of teachers. Singh’s matter is going to be raised in the next KGMU Executive Council meet that would put a final stamp on his suspension.

Coming back to the strike over Nauchandi Express incident, the state government had on Thursday declared the strike of the doctors as illegal and given time till 10 am on January 20 to return back to work. Action under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) was proposed for those who refused to come back on duty. The doctors of other medical colleges in the State had called off their strike on Thursday only.

The agitating doctors of KGMU continued their strike till this morning but submitted their ‘unconditional return to work’ to the vice chancellor’s office at around 10 am after which a meeting of senior faculty members were called by the VC.

In the meeting of hostel wardens and provosts it was decided that a fresh policy be framed for allotment of rooms and the rooms should be vacated for re-allotment.

In a hurried meeting of hostel provosts, it was decided that those students or resident doctors who have been named in offences in past would be debarred from hostel facility while allotment would be made to meritorious students on priority basis.

Meanwhile, the KGMU administration has decided to close academic activities sine die and cut salary of junior doctors for the period of the strike. The junior doctors would also lose salary for the period of past two strikes that happenedin the month of November 2005. The junior doctors of KGMU continued their strike till this morning but submitted their ‘unconditional return to work’ to the vice chancellor’s office at around 10 am.

“They came back to work but we have decided to got ahead and eliminate the odd ones out of the campus to ensure smooth functioning in future. A reshuffling of hostel allotments is also on cards as hostels have become a haven for such disturbing elements,” said vice chancellor Prof Mahendra Bhandari. He said hostel rooms would be vacated in the next 24-hours and re-allotment would be done only after the parents of the students give an affidavit that their children would not get involved in any such activity in future. Those students and resident doctors named in past offences would not be allotted rooms.

Since morning occupants of various hostels vacated the rooms under supervision of police and members of the proctorial board. The KGMU VC said that re-allotment of hostels would be done in a week’s time and studies would also begin. It has also been decided that no MBBS graduate, who is preparing for PG entrance would be allowed to stay in hostel, which was allowed earlier on humanitarian grounds. “The closure is not to victimise students but to teach the disturbing elements a lesson,” the VC said. It’s for the first time in KGMU’s 100-year history that the University administration has closed studies sine die. Earlier academic activities had been paralysed due to strike called by the junior doctors on several occasions