BERHAMPUR: Students of MKCG Medical College here resumed their agitation over re-location of their counterparts from Sadar Rajas Medical College (SRMC) in the institution on Saturday.
The students have been on strike since December 2 protesting the decision of the Orissa High Court (HC). They had boycotted classes and locked the entrance gate of the MKCG Medical College. On Friday evening, the agitating students held a meeting with Principal of the college Prof Arun Dandapat and Berhampur Sub-Collector and sought a written assurance from them that students of Sadar Rajas should not be given admission into MKCG by Saturday morning. After the officials agreed to look into the demand, the students decided to defer their agitation. As no written assurance was provided on Saturday, the students decided to renew their agitation.
Last month, the HC had directed for relocation of SRMC students in VSSMCH at Burla and MKCG here.
The students have filed a petition in the HC seeking a re-look into the decision.
They said until the High Court comes out with a final decision on the petition, the admissions should be stopped. As per the High Court’s directive, around 85 students of first year and 24 of second year MBBS course of Sardar Rajas, are to be relocated in MKCGMCH and VSSMCH by December 9.
They said when the Medical Council of India (MCI) has been rejecting proposals of both the colleges for increasing seats citing lack of infrastructure and manpower, relocation of more students will only add to the existing problems.
They said there would be problems in sharing classrooms, laboratories and hostel accommodation. “If any unpleasant situation arises over the issue, the Government should be held responsible,” 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).