Bhopal: Medical Students Demand Transfer After Bank Seals College Hospital Over Non-Payment Of Loan

Poorbita Bagchi

May 9th, 2018

Image Credit: The Times of India

Students of Advance Medical College, Bhopal have come out on the street since April 22 to protest against the Madhya Pradesh state government and Advance Medical College. 146 medical students are stranded because the college has been defunct for the last six months.

These students are running pillar to post for transfer in any other college after Medical Council of India (MCI) did not allow them to take part in 2017 and 2018 admissions for lack of infrastructure and faculty.

The government of Madhya Pradesh while granting Advance Medical College permission to accept medical students also stated that in case they cannot build the infrastructure, students present in the college will be the responsibility of the state government and further admissions would be stopped.   


Ailing college

The institute’s hospital, SKS Hospital was sealed by the bank on account of loan default. It has been up for auction since August 2017. Due to the closure of the hospital, the students did not receive any practical training or training in any clinical subject.

There was also a dearth of faculty members because of non-payment of salary. The students allege that even after talking with the state government they are not getting any help. Further, they had paid Rs 5 lakh as fee, but the college kept demanding more money. 

Aditi Agarwal, one of the students in despair, said, “We have been protesting for six months now. We even met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, yet our problems have not been resolved. They are wasting our time.” She says that the session has started but there is no one to teach them.

“We demand a CBI enquiry into the matter. We also demand that the 146 of us are transferred to some other medical college as the state government took our responsibility if Advance Medical College went defunct,” she told The Logical Indian.

“We were selected through NEET. Like other colleges, we also took admission in this private college, but the management has made our life hell,” she said.

Students said they were left with no option. “After spending two years in college and spending lakhs, we are not left with an option,” she further added.


The Logical Indian take

In a country like India where there is already a dearth of doctors, the government should take responsibility for students who are left nowhere in cases like these. This isn’t just about the government’s ethical responsibility, but the Madhya Pradesh government had promised to take care of the students if the college cannot. They have shrugged away from their duty toward students who passed a national examination purely on their own merit. 

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