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Medicos active, faculty indecisive

THE FACULTY of GSVM Medical College is in a dilemma over whether to accompany the medicos and IITians on their June 18 mass hunger strike at Phool Bagh or keep on providing tacit support.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 00:19 IST

THE FACULTY of GSVM Medical College is in a dilemma over whether to accompany the medicos and IITians on their June 18 mass hunger strike at Phool Bagh or keep on providing tacit support.

To coordinate with their counterparts, a team of medicos from Agra visited GSVM Medical College on Thursday night and a late night meeting was held in the post-graduate hostel to chalk out the future strategy.

On Friday, the medicos and members of FIR (Forum Of Indians against Reservation) addressed engineering and medical aspirants by visiting various coaching centres in Kakadev.

Moreover, the medicos have changed their strategy and those sitting on one-hour protest during lunch recess in the medical college have been asked to go out and meet people to encourage them to turn up at Phool Bagh for the June 18 mass hunger strike against quota.

Meanwhile, some senior faculty of GSVM Medical Collage who are ardent supporters of the students’ protest are in a fix as the threat of the college administration looms large before them.

A senior professor of the surgery department in GSVMMC said, “We have been lending moral support to all students protesting against reservation and most of us are willing to sit with the IITians and medicos at the mass hunger strike on June 18 but this would infuriate the college administration and our NCR could be spoiled or we may be transferred to Safai.”

The medicos who had been silent so far have now come out of the college premises and this time undergraduate students are working on the directives of junior and senior residents. An undergraduate student who circulated pamphlets at Kakadev on Friday, likened the stir to the 1857 uprising against the British and told Hindustan Times, “We are not going to give the government any chance to foil our effort like the British did in 1857.”

Members of FIR are optimistic of roping in more prominent personalities in their favour for the hunger strike at Phool Bagh. In this connection, parleys were on till late night on Friday.

They are encouraged after Navjot Singh Sidhu and Shiv Kheda decided to join them. These two personalities will sit on the mass hunger strike with the students against reservation and also address the crowd.