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Gian Sagar row: Nursing students block Patiala-Zirakpur highway

Urge Punjab government not to shift them to some other colleges, want a concrete plan to restart academic activities in the college

punjab Updated: Apr 18, 2017 13:06 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Gian Sagar Medical College,Punjab govt
Members of Nursing staff Gain Sagar Hospital holding a protest against Management at Banur on Monday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Patiala Nursing students of Gian Sagar Nursing College blocked the Patiala-Zirakpur national highway on Monday, urging the Punjab government not to shift them to some other colleges.

The academic activities in the college have remained suspended for three months as the management of the college failed to clear its pending dues amounting to over Rs 100 crore. The state government recently decided to cancel essentiality certificates of the college and to shift students enrolled in MBBS and BDS courses to other colleges.

The nursing students alleged that the decision of the state government is unjustified as the government failed to consider their demand to start academic activities in the college.

“Our parents also spent lakhs on their studies, but instead of shifting us to some other college, the government must come up with a concrete plan to restart academic activities in the college for the better future,” he said.

The traffic disrupted on the main road, as the police had to divert it to other routes. The agitators lifted the protest only after the district administration and police assured them of their meeting with senior officials of health ministry over their demands.

The power connection to the college has been snapped due to pending electricity bills worth Rs 2 crore. The management has not renewed its annual maintenance contract due to pending liabilities of Rs 18 crore.

The college is governed by family members of the Pearls Group boss Nirmal Singh Bhangoo, who currently faces several charges in a Rs 45,000-crore fraud case.

First Published: Apr 18, 2017 13:04 IST