World Medical College: Mass hunger strike of MBBS students continues, 4 hospitalised
Jhajjar: Four 3rd-year MBBS students at World College of Medical Science and Research (World Medical College), who were sitting on an indefinite hunger strike; have been hospitalised and are currently undergoing treatment. The hunger strike has reached its 4th consecutive day.
The medicos have been protesting against the de-recognition of their degrees since 39 days.
In an earlier hunger protest, 2 students' condition had deteriorated and were hospitalised
The MBBS students pointed out that due to prevailing gross deficiencies at their medical college which led to the refusal of renewal by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The medicos, who had taken admission through counselling conducted by Pt BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, in 2016; stated that they are depressed over the fact that with the MCI's denial to the medical college, they are most likely to lose the recognition of their degrees.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that these students had recently written to the President, Prime Minister, Union Health Minister and Haryana CM seeking permission for euthanasia or transfer to other medical institutes in the state.
The students alleged that the World Medical College did not only flout all the norms and guidelines for running medical colleges but on the contrary severe and serious defects had been found on the part of the Medical College during inspections being carried out by Medical Council of India (MCI).
Consequently, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare debarred the Medical College for two consecutive academic years i.e. 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, with a direction not to admit any student or conduct MBBS course. The said Order was challenged by the Medical College before the Supreme Court, by filing Writ Petition which was disposed of by the apex Court with direction to MCI to carry out inspection of the Medical College.
The medicos alleged that the Medical College, despite the Order, did not allow the inspection team of MCI to carry out inspection of the College on 2 occasions and therefore was denied the permission to admit any students for MBBS course even for the academic year 2018-2019.
"Resultantly, the third renewal has also been refused to the institute by the Board of Governors of MCI (MCI BoG) it means the college does not possess minimum requirements for the study of 3′ prof. year students too," the students stated adding that the future MBBS students stand jeopardized.
Following this, the medicos approached the High Court. "The college neither has doctors to teach us nor does it have patients in its hospital," they said, adding they filed a petition in the High Court in 2018 seeking their transfer to other well-equipped colleges.
Later, the High Court directed MCI to inspect the medical college and during the visit, the MCI once again noted that the Medical College manipulated the fake faculty and ghost patients were brought by them on payment just to fabricate and manipulate to show the compliance during the inspection, the students had told Medical Dialogues team. This resultantly met that the college was once again denied permission for 2019-20
With the medical college being denied permissions constantly, the future of the existing and only batch of students admitted in the academic year 2016-2017 are greatly prejudiced and jeopardised, the MBBS students emphasized.
Meanwhile, seeing no resolution their way, the students have no begun an indefinite hunger strike urging the government to take action on the matter.
Now, 3 days into the protest, the situation of 4 MBBS students has become critical and have been hospitalised.
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