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Junior Doctors of RIMS go on strike

Ranchi, April 1: Junior doctors of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) have threatened to go on strike from April 4 if the management failed to safeguard the future of the 90 MBBS students whose admissions have been cancelled.

President of the Junior Doctors’ Association Abhishek Mundu told The Telegraph that RIMS director N.N. Agarwal has already been informed. The director said that he was doing all possible to safeguard the future of the 90 students but he did not explain the strategy he was adopting for the purpose. “We are also worried about their future,” he said.

The situation arose after the Medical Council of India (MCI) cancelled the admission of 90 students of the 2007 MBBS batch.

During its inspection in 2005 the MCI had discovered that RIMS did not have an adequate number of faculty members to impart education to MBBS students and had asked the Union government to restrain the institute from taking admissions in the stream.

The government complied with the direction in May 2007.

“According to the MCI guideline, the teacher-student ratio for MBBS should have been 1:6. But this was not the case with RIMS. Thus, the MCI has taken such action. However, we have sufficient numbers of teachers now,” said Agarwal.

A student of the MBBS 2007 batch, Vijay Pratap Singh Tomar, held the state government responsible for the situation. “It was the duty of the state government to appoint adequate number of teachers in medical colleges. It will be wrong if a student has to suffer for the mistake committed by the government,” he said.

Health minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi is rushing to New Delhi tomorrow to meet the Union health minister. “I have taken an appointment to meet him on April 3 to plead our case,” he added.

Shahi called the action of the Union health ministry sheer highhandedness. “It showed their bias against a tribal state. We will fight it out,” he said.

The minister said RIMS was an asset for the state. “The gap of the faculties prescribed by MCI was a mere 20 percent. There are medical colleges in south India where the difference is over 40 per cent but yet they are not being de-recognised,” he pointed out.

Shahi said that 15 of 90 students, whose admission was cancelled by the Union health Ministry, were nominated by the MCI. “Why should the MCI nominate the students for admissions if the RIMS did not fulfil the requisite criteria?” he asked.

The Central government had based its decision on the inspection report of the MCI team.

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