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RIMS Director meets parents, deadlock still on

Ranchi, April 7: Worried parents and local guardians today met Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) director N.N. Aggarwal to know about the fate of their wards studying in RIMS since August, 2007.

This was the first meeting after students and junior doctors went on strike to protest against the Medical Council of India’s directive to strike off the names of 90 MBBS students admitted in 2007 on the recommendation of Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination (JCECE), a government body. The meeting that started around 2.30pm continued till 3.30pm in the conference hall adjacent to Aggarwal’s chamber.

Students were not allowed to take part in the discussions but allowed to sit with their parents as mute listeners. Birendra Kumar Shukla, the maternal uncle and local guardian of Divya Tiwari, a 2007 batch student from Patna, said the meeting yielded no result as the director expressed his inability to solve the present problem of students.

“He merely gave us first-hand information about the steps being taken by the state government and cleared his stand. Though he gave positive response, he did not give any deadline to solve the problem,” Shukla told The Telegraph after the meeting.

Martina Samad, the aunt and local guardian of Rajeev Kisko, a 2007 batch student from Dhanbad, narrated a similar version when contacted after the meeting.

“We were already aware of the facts, which the director presented before us during our meeting. This meeting could not give me any satisfaction. I am still in the dark about the future of my ward,” she said.

Walter Kerketta, who had come from Bokaro to attend the meeting, said Aggarwal suggested that the agitating students pay proper attention to their studies. “The director asked me to communicate his suggestion to the students for their future,” he said.

Aggarwal, however, said that the meeting helped him bridge the communication gap between the RIMS management and the guardians. “We explained our limitations and informed them about the developments in Delhi,” he said.

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