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MBBS students call off strike
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 4:
Published on 5 Jul. 2011 12:39 AM IST
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Medical students of the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute for Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) have called off their indefinite strike, which enetered the eight day Monday. More than 200 students were on indefinite strike from June 27 after learning that MBBS graduate course in the institute was yet to be recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
“We have called off our agitation from Monday after Meghalaya Governor R.S.Mooshahary assured us that he will take up the issue with the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad,” an agitating MBBS student said, while refusing to be named. Confirming about the withdrawal of strike, NEIGRIHMS Spokesman Bhaskar Borgohain said the students’ are expected to join the classes from tomorrow.
The MCI has refused to recognise the graduate course offered at NEIGRIHMS as it failed to meet the MCI guidelines. According to the MCI guidelines, a medical institute has to have a minimum of 69 faculty members. But NEIGRIHMS has only 32 faculty members at present. The MCI is a statutory body with the responsibility of establishing and maintaining high standards of medical education and recognition of medical qualifications in India. “We also met the Director (NEIGRIHMS) M.E.Yeolekar who assured us of necessary steps to be taken to sort the issue concerning our professional career,” the student said.
NEIGRIHMS located in Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya has been designed on the lines of the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, and Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
The hospital was built at an estimated cost of Rs.420 crore and has a 30-bed Intensive Care Unit and 35 specialty and super specialty departments.

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