Monday, August 3, 2015

Students’ strike at medical college enters fourth day

The Statesman, Aug 3, 2015
The indefinite strike and picketing by students of Sardar Raja Medical College Jaring and Kalahandi Medical College Action committee demanding better educational facilities and other infrastructure in the College and Govt of Odisha to take over the management of the College and Hospital attached to it, entered its fourth day on Sunday.
Since July 30, the students and the members of the action committee are sitting in front of the Collectorate of Bhawanipatna to fulfill their demands.
They had presented memorandum to the government through the district administration and are still waiting for the outcome.
The students in the memorandum alleged that the college lacks basic minimum infrastructure required for a Medical College, the faculty strength is ‘zero’ as per MCI norms, there is no laboratory to impart practical training and there is operational hospital attached to the college thus there is also no clinical teaching.
They alleged that the fate and career of the students is at stake. They seek permanent solution to the problems of the College. The Kalahandi Medical College Action committee led by retired professor Akhaya Kumar Nanda is also sitting in the picketing in support of the demands of students.
Nanda alleged that from the beginning the College is in deficiency in all fields. He said the MCI team made surprise visit to the Medical College on February 10 and 11 to verify the authenticity of information provided by the management.
The 41 point councils assessors report shows the real state of affairs of the institution, he noted. Distributing copy of the report of the fact finding MCI team to media persons Nanda said that basing on this report the executive committee of the council has decided to recommend to the central government not to renew the permission for admission of 3rd batch students of this College for the session of 2015-16.
Being frustrated in uncertainty the students are in indefinite strike. He demanded that under such circumstances the Odisha Government should take over the college with the hospital with immediate

Medical Students' Stir Enters 4th Day

The New Indian Express (Bhubaneswar), Aug 3, 2015
BHAWANIPATNA:The indefinite strike launched by the students of Sardar Rajas Medical College at Jaring, about 15 kms from here, and members of Kalahandi Medical College Action Committee over several demands entered fourth day on Sunday.
Sources said on July 30, students and members of the committee had launched the strike in front of the collectorate demanding adequate educational and infrastructure facilities at the college and change in the management. Though they had submitted a memorandum to the State Government through district administration, no step was taken on their demands.
They alleged that despite having inadequate infrastructure and shortage of staff, the college managed to get a conditional permission from Medical Council of India (MCI) to go for admission for 2013-14 academic year. But, permission to admit students for 2014-15 academic year was scrapped as the college failed to improve its infrastructure and fill up the vacancies. Now, the fate of the students hangs in balance, they said.
Kalahandi Medical College Action Committee led by retired Professor Akshay Kumar Nanda said as per direction of the Supreme Court, the fact finding team of MCI had made a surprise visit to the medical college to verify the information provided by the management of the college to the apex court on February 10. The Council Assessors’ report of MCI stated that the Executive Committee of the Council has decided to recommend to the Central Government not to renew the permission for admission of third batch of students for 2015-16 academic year, he added.
Meanwhile, during a press conference here on Sunday, Kalahandi district president of BJP Debendra Mohanty demanded that the State Government should take over the college’s management with immediate effect.

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