Friday, August 28, 2015


The Pioneer, Aug 28, 2015
A two-day Kalahandi bandh was held on Friday demanding Government status to Jaring-based Sardar Raja Medical College. Normal life was disrupted in Kalahandi with shops and daily market remaining closed on account of the bandh.
The central action committee of the Kalahandi medical college has called the bandh, backed by various political parties and the district lawyers’ association. Both the aggrieved citizens and the students are also participating in the stir against the private management of the college. They demand that the State Government take over the institute as soon as possible to save the future of the students. Moreover, the private bus owners’ association, traders’ association and labourers’ union have also pledged support to the bandh.
Notably, with the Medical Council of India (MCI) approval, the medical college had taken 124 students in academic year 2013-14. But, the MCI cancelled the student-intake approval in 2014-15 citing poor infrastructure and lack of faculties as reasons. However, the college took 30 students in the same year as the Supreme Court gave a ruling in favour of it.
The State Government would apprise the MCI for its approval to permitting 124 medicos to pursue their courses in the different medical colleges of the State, Junagarh MLA Captain Dibya Shankar Mishra said.

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