MADURAI: Members of the district unit of Tamil Nadu Medical Students’ Association (TNMSA) and students under compulsory rotary residential internship (CRRI) boycotted classes on Wednesday in protest against the proposed move to increase the duration of the MBBS course by a year.
As part of the State-wide agitation, the district unit of TNMSA and CRRIs took out a rally from the Government Rajaji Hospital to the Collector’s Office and submitted a memorandum to the Collector urging the Government not to stress compulsory rural service but appoint qualified doctors on permanent basis in rural centres.
Raising slogans against the move, the students also carried placards flaying the Government for creating a “bad impression” about doctors among the public by making rural service compulsory. The students wanted the Government to drop the idea and fill the vacancies in rural areas through Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission. More than 200 students participated in the rally, led by R. Kannan, district president of TNMSA.