Gian Sagar row: Absence of 3 students stalls counselling of 2008-11 batches


Gian Sagar row

The failure of three students to turn up for the special counselling for 2008-2011 batches of the Banur-based Gian Sagar Medical College stalled the process at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, on Friday.

As many as 114 of the total 117 medical, dental and nursing students attended the counselling for allotment of new colleges.

However, with three students — who are reportedly residing abroad — not attending it, the varsity officials only carried out verification of documents of the remaining students.

“This is unfair. The students have already suffered a lot,” said a parent. “Our repeated requests to allot new colleges to those in attendance were turned down.”

Sources said following a communique from the department of medical education, the varsity was supposed to find the whereabouts of all students who had not received the degrees yet.

The university will now submit a report to the department and seek permission to adjust the 114 students.

“The university will suggest to the government to shift the students through a draw of lots in Chandigarh, so that they don’t have to travel all the way here,” said vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur.

The Punjab government had on May 10 withdrawn permission to the Gian Sagar Trust to run medical, dental, nursing and physiotherapy colleges. The classes had been suspended since February 1 after the staff went on an indefinite strike against the management for not clearing their dues.

The Punjab and Haryana high court on June 2 directed the varsity to shift the students to other colleges in Punjab within three weeks. On first day of the counselling for 2012-2016 batches, it came to the fore that many students of earlier batches had not received their degrees. The government asked the varsity to shift these students by June 26 as well.


Written by Loknath Das