NO Infrastructure, No Classes: MBBS Medicos of GCRG Medical College demand transfer to other medical colleges
Lucknow: Staring at an uncertain future as the Medical Council of India once again denied their medical college permission to admit new batch of MBBS students, the students of GCRG Institute of Medical Sciences are now running from pillar to post looking for relief.
Their issue, resonating in the story of students of many other medical colleges that were given permission to admit batches three years ago, but have not been able to get a single permission since then. The remaining batches of these medical colleges, citing lack of infrastructure and even basic teaching of MBBS at their colleges are now demanding transfer to other medical colleges
96 MBBS students of GCRG Institute of Medical Sciences have moved a plea with the Allahabad High Court, seeking to transfer them to another institute and cancel the essentiality certificate of GCRG.
The medical college, affiliated to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University (Ayodhya) and managed by GCRG group of institutions received MCI approval for MBBS course in 2016 and was permitted for the intake of 150 seats. The 2016 batch is the first and the only batch that got MCI approval wherein the MBBS students got admission via NEET.
However, soon after, the institute was denied permission from the Centre for admitting candidates for two academic years ie. 2017-18 and 2018-19 and authorised the Medical Council of India to encash the bank guarantee for Rs 2 crore.
In 2017, the medical college was caught in a controversy after the institute admitted 150 MBBS students for the academic year without having due permission from the Government. The matter was deliberated in the apex court, wherein the court while quashing their admissions reinforced that the college will have to compensate for jeopardizing their futures and “polluting young minds” by making them a party to the violation. CGRG was directed to grant compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to 150 MBBS student for admitting them.
With this, the institute was left with the only batch of 2016 MBBS students who are now allegedly running pillar to post to secure their future, which presently seems uncertain. The medical students have been raising their voices against the infrastructural deficiencies and allege inhuman behaviour by the college authorities towards them.
Prior to moving the court, the medical students had approached various authorities including the Chief Minister’s Office and PMO to submit evidence to substantiate their claims. However, the concerned was saddled with by other departments. As per the students, PMO accepted the fact that the medical college has no infrastructural facilities and has not been granted permission for three consecutive years.
Commenting on the issue, RML Avadh University VC Prof Manoj Dixit told the TOI,, “A show-cause notice has been sent to the institute. We will also take up the matter with the state government. The students’ demands should be taken up as prima facie it does not appear to be their fault.”