Indore: A series of protests are being witnessed by various educational institutions against the state government’s decision to allocate institutional lands for other purposes. With the protests against the allotment of Agricultural College’s land for the establishment of a court complex still simmering, a new agitation is likely to erupt.It would be led by doctors against the state government’s decision to give away an acre of MGM Medical College land, to the state’s tourism department.
The Indian Medical Association-Indore has already raised its arms against the government’s move to allot land located behind King Edward Medical (KEM) School building, to the tourism department for the construction of a bus stand or hotel.
“KEM school is a heritage building as it was constructed more than a 150 years ago. Medical college is ready to give up the building, but we will not allow them to take the land, as it is medical college’s property and it shouldn’t be used for commercial purposes,” said Secretary, Indian Medical Association-Indore, Dr Sumit Shukla.
He said expansion of KEM hospital was in the offing with MY hospital developing as a super specialty block. The land he clarified, would be required for the development of the medical college.
Dean, MGM Medical College, Dr. Sharad Thora, has already in a protest letter to the government, made his annoyance clear by stating that he is against the giving away of land to the tourism department, informed Dr Shukla.
The Indian Medical Association along with the Medical Teachers’ Association will soon be launching a series of protest demonstrations and rallies.
“ Commercial use of college land is not a good idea as the land is used as play ground for students and its commercial use will also affect the environment of MY hospital patients,” said Dr. Sanjay Londhe, President IMA, reports the Free Press journal.