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Future of medical students pursuing MBBS at Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) is safe now, as the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has cleared it. But the new question that arises is with whom does the Medical Council of India (MCI) prefer to correspond: the director or the dean?

In addition to it, the MCI seems to be a party to an internal politics forced to brew up on the institute. On Friday the students demonstrating against the RIMS management initially refused to interact with the director, instead questioned absence of the dean in the meeting that took place recently in New Delhi.

It has to be recalled here that on May 7, 2007, the Health Ministry had addressed a letter to the director of RIMS directing him not to admit students for the MBBS course for the academic year 2007-08. In the letter the director was asked to rectify the deficiencies of the college and hospital and the permission for admission depended on the acceptance of the rectification report by the Central Government.

Sources confirmed that the Jharkhand Government and the RIMS director had corresponded with the Central Government on the issue, on the basis of which students of the academic year 2007-08 were admitted.

The question that rises here is whether the Union Government corresponds with the MCI on these issues or not. And, if it does, then why does the MCI discriminate between the director and the dean?

Going by the MCI letter addressed to the dean of the institute (the copy of which has not been marked to the director) on March 18, 2008, the council directed the institute (dean) to discharge all the 90 MBBS students.

The irony is, on March 19 and 20 an MCI team was at RIMS to inspect it. When called up (New Delhi) to known why the team was sent here for inspection when the MCI had already made its mind not to recognise the academic batch 2007-08, the officials refused to comment.

Reacting to the issue, a fourth-year student Digambar Jain said, 'We are not under the director. We are under the dean. When the MCI has sent the letter to the dean, we need a satisfactory assurance from the dean on the entire issue.'

On being asked whether their decision to sit on dharna and threaten to paralyse functioning of the hospital was logical as the threat (that has passed over) was on the 2007 batch students and not on them, Jitendra said, 'We are afraid the situation would arise again. It is high time to make the things clear. We hear the same things year-after-year. It should be stopped now.'

NN Aggarwal, director of RIMS said, 'There is no threat to the students or the institute, why should we discuss the issue any more. I invite people to come and see the present day RIMS and compare it with what they had seen it as a couple of years back.'

Courtsey:Pioneer News Service Ranchi

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