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Medical students resume classes after strike
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 5 (NPN):
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Published on 5 Jul. 2011 11:18 PM IST
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Medical students of the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute for Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) here in Meghalaya Tuesday resumed their normal classes after a week-long strike.
Over 200 students were on indefinite strike from June 27, after learning that MBBS graduate course in the institute was yet to be recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
“Normal classes have resumed back in the medical institute after the students called off their indefinite strike last evening,” NEIGRIHMS spokesman Bhaskar Borgohain said.
The medical students called off their indefinite strike after assurances from Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary and NEIGRIHMS Director M.E.Yeolekar that the issue of recognition of courses will be taken up.
“The Director has assured them of administrative decisions and steps to expedite the process of recruiting professor in the institute,” Borgohain said.
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 North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute for Health and Medical Sciences has only 32 faculty members at present.
NEIGRIHMS, the first and only super-speciality hospital in the North Eastern States and the third government-owned in the Country is facing sharp criticism over the shortage of medical faculty.
“There is an acute shortage of medical faculty and at present the faculty members are also taking on the job of five doctors both attending to the patients and giving lectures to students which is humanly impossible,” a medical specialist said on condition of anonymity.
North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute for Health and Medical Sciences has been designed on the lines of the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at 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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