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All smiles: Students of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences were in a jubilant mood after the Medical Council of India revoked its order of cancelling the admission of 90 MBBS students.

Ranchi, April 17: The 17-day agitation of RIMS students came to an end today after the Medical Council of India (MCI) revoked its order cancelling the admission of 90 MBBS students of the 2007 batch yesterday.

Alok Kumar, the spokesperson for the students, said that the decision to call off the agitation was taken after the RIMS director told them about the development this morning presenting a fax message of MCI, the highest regulatory body of medical institutes in the country.

“The fax, dated April 16 and addressed to our dean, stated that the discharge notice issued under Section 10B vide council letter dated March 3, 2008 be withdrawn in respect to all the 90 students admitted by the institute. This order was sufficient,” Kumar added.

Junior Doctors’ Association vice-president Vijay Pratap Singh Tomar said that the MCI has given a deadline of three months to the 2007 batch students.

“According to the fax, RIMS has to fill up all vacant posts of teachers within three months. If RIMS fails to abide by the direction, the students will have to suffer from the same problem after three months,” Tomar said, heaving a sigh of relief.

Sources said that the situation took this turn after the state government submitted an undertaking to the MCI pledging to rectify all deficiencies in RIMS within three months and in response to that letter MCI secretary A.R.N. Setalvad revoked his order.

With the end of agitation, junior doctors — who had gone on indefinite strike since yesterday — today returned to duties with normal medical services restored. Classes also were held at the premier medical college.

Over 1,000 students were on strike since March 31 after MCI directed the RIMS dean to strike off names of 90 students of the 2007 batch.

They first staged a demonstration in front of RIMS director’s office and then shifted their venue to RIMS central emergency ward. They also took out a procession from Albert Ekka Chowk to make common people aware of the situation.

The junior doctors also came in support of MBBS students and decided to go on strike yesterday and finally the government has to expedite its effort last evening to maintain normal medical service in the state.

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