BERHAMPUR: Tension prevailed at the MKCG Medical College campus on Wednesday when students locked up the principal room and burnt effigy of the Chief Minister and Health Minister.
They are protesting relocation of students of Sardar Rajas Medical College (SRMS) in MKCG. The students staged demonstration in front of the college gate protesting the Orissa High Court decision on relocation of SRMC students in MKCG.
Members of the Junior Doctors Association (JDA) of the college also extended their support to the students by wearing black badges on the day over the issue. They threatened to paralyse health services in the hospital if the decision is not rolled back.
In-charge Principal and also the head of the Department of Gynaecology Prof Dr Khetrabasi Subudhi said the students did not allow any staff members to enter into the college building and locked up the main gate.
“If students of a private medical college are accommodated in a Government medical college then there is no value of merit and JEE rank. We will not allow students of any private medical college in MKCG campus unless there is an increase in number of permanent seats,” said Ramapada Mahapatra, president of MKCG College Union. The students had earlier submitted a memorandum in this regard to the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (south division).
Earlier during the day, about 500 students from both MBBS and PG departments burnt the effigy of the Chief Minister and the Health Minister inside the campus. The protest affected functioning of the Outdoor facility of the hospital as the college building houses pathology and microbiology labs, besides other diagnostic departments.