Punjab : In a recent media update on Gian Sagar Medical College, there are reports that the college management is now contemplating selling of its properties to fund the salaries of its staff. The management, after issuing termination notices to their employees and staff, has retracted on its decision.
All the employees have been reinstated to their positions. It was reportedly four assistant professors and seven non-teaching staff for leading the protest against the management, who were terminated recently.
In addition, it is also apparent that the management has taken a very serious view of the parents joining the protest against the college. This is evident by their decision to offering discounts to parents for an early payment for the next session’s fee.
Under the discount offer, the students under the government-quota seats will be offered a discount of Rs 5,000 for the advance payment for next academic session. To avail the discount, the payment has to be made before April 15. For the management quota seats holders’ discount offer of Rs 10,000 has been made. Similar offer has been made to the dental science students of both categories.
Punjab medical education secretary Hussan Lal told HT that three land deals were going to bring the college enough money to end the crisis and be sustainable. “The management has assured the state government that it will close one of the deals worth Rs 4 crore by Monday or Tuesday and then pay the protesting staff at least two months of pending wages,” he said.
Teachers haven’t gone to work since February 25. In addition, Hussan Lal has also requested the teachers to resume classes, after the management agreed to pay the balance salary by the month-end (from the cash raised through land deals). The staff on the other hand wished to be paid before the classes are resumed.