Students of the Government Medical College here are a worried lot, wondering whether the Medical Council of India (MCI) would renew permission for the continuation of the college in the second year as it reportedly refused permission, citing lack of faculty and facilities at the college.

The medicos staged a protest and formed human chains demanding the government to immediately respond on the required infrastructure and faculty for the renewal of permission for the college. On being informed by the Principal, Jijia Bai, the Director of Medical Education (Academic) Venkatesh came here on Tuesday and convinced students to withdraw the agitation for three months.

Appeal to students

He assured them of providing all facilities, faculty and equipment in anatomy and physiology labs as required under the MCI norms. He told students that the government, on its part, was trying to prevail upon the MCI authorities to come for the second inspection and they were likely to oblige as it was a government college. On Monday, when the students resolved to go on strike the Jana Vignana Vedika honorary president and also a senior medical practitioner, P. Ram Mohan Rao, intervened on behalf of the principal and held talks with the medicos. “Students problems are genuine and they are worried about their future due to the lack of faculty,” he told The Hindu . Meanwhile, medicos constituted a steering committee headed by Muralidhar Avinash to represent their problems and decide the future course of action to bring pressure on the government to improve facilities and get permission from the MCI.

MCI refusal of permission for second year due to lack of faculty and facilities at the college