RANCHI: The BSc nursing students of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) broke their hunger strike after Mandar MLA Bandhu Tirkey convinced them that he will take their demands to the government. Around 150 BSc nursing students of RIMS continued their hunger strike for the second day on Friday. The students are demanding permanent affiliation for their college with Ranchi University.
"We will end the strike only after we get a written assurance of getting permanent affiliation," Poonam, a student, said.
RIMS director Tulsi Mahto said, "The institution has completed all the procedures for affiliation and, now it is for Ranchi University to act on it. The students should understand that certain official procedures take time. They should end their strike and prepare for the coming exams."
Ranchi University vice chancellor Dr A A Khan said, "We have sent the reference to the government for affiliation but the condition of the affiliation is that the Nursing Council of India should approve it. Many posts are vacant in the college for which the council is not approving the affiliation though we have already announced a recruitment test for filling up the posts."