Patiala (Punjab): According to students of Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Banur, they have been unable to attend their classes since February 25, as the faculty members of the college have gone on an indefinite strike protesting non-payment of their salary.
Speaking to India Medical Times, Mukund Sharma, a second-year medical student of the college, said, “If we don’t have classes for a month or so, we will have six months more added to our year due to shortage of attendance, which will affect our career badly. We students are suffering and the college management is not taking any sincere steps in resuming our classes.”
“Since September 2015 the teachers have not been paid their salary and because of this they all went on an indefinite strike on February 25, since then our classes are suspended. As per the MCI (Medical Council of India) ruling, if our classes are suspended for more than two months then our session would be delayed by six months, that would be a huge loss to all students,” Mehak Teej Saini, a third-year medical student of the college, told IMT.
On the condition of anonymity, a senior faculty member of the college told IMT, “Almost 98% teachers are on strike, not only teachers but nursing staff and other technical staff are also on strike. Salaries of all staff — right from class four employees to faculties — are pending. The college management just keeps making false promises. They keep saying they are facing financial issues and that they are trying to arrange the payment.”
“We are just peacefully showing our stand; we have just put down our pen but we are seeing the emergency patients in the hospital, though we are not taking any classes,” another faculty member, who also did not want to disclose his name, told IMT. “We will not resume the teaching unless all our dues are cleared.”
Speaking to IMT, the parents of a few medical students said, “We have paid the complete fees but the management is not paying to the teachers. Our children’s future seems to be in dark. We understand the problem of teachers, we are even supporting them but the management doesn’t seem to be interested in addressing the issue.”
by Pooja Pandey
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