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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Medicos boycott classes

Medicos boycott classes

Staff Reporter

Demand withdrawal of G.O. with regard to reservations for in-service candidates in P.G. courses

# Students also want suspension of VC and Registrar of the NTR University of Health Sciences
# Mild tension at Osmania Medical College after professor advises students against boycott
# Boycott to continue, says students association

SAYING IT IN THEIR OWN WAY: Medicos who boycotted classes at the Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad on Thursday, demanding the scrapping of GO 19. — Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

HYDERABAD: Academic activity was disrupted in all the medical colleges in the State as the medicos boycotted classes demanding the withdrawal of G.O.No 19 issued with regard to reservations for in-service candidates in P.G. courses and suspension of the Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the NTR University of Health Sciences.

At Osmania Medical College (OMC) in Koti, students locked the main gate and prevented even the staff from entering the college.

The principal too was not allowed to go into the college despite requests. Raising slogans against the "injustice" being meted out to freshers in the P.G. courses they burnt the effigies of the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar.

Mild tension

Mild tension prevailed at the OMC when a professor advised the students against the boycott. Students alleged that the Head of the Department, Forensic Sciences, misbehaved with them and also used foul language. Later, students were taken into custody by the Sultan Bazar police and let off.

The Andhra Pradesh Medical Students' Association (APMSA), which is leading the agitation made it clear that the boycott would continue till their demands were met.

Naveen, general secretary of the APMSA, said medicos from all the Government medical colleges in the State reciprocated to their demand and stayed away from the classes.

The medicos were particularly angry against Vice Chancellor Sambasiva Rao and Registrar Jayakar Babu for adding nine grace marks for all the candidates, improving the chances of "failed" in-service candidates. "How can the Vice Chancellor award grace marks just to help a section of candidates," they questioned.

Decision faulted

They said such decisions were against natural justice and denied chances to meritorious candidates. They also ridiculed the justification given by the VC and said instead of ensuring academic standards the VC was working towards diluting them and putting the careers of several doctors at stake.

They also held the VC responsible for disruption of the scheduled P.G. medical counselling.

They alleged that only 220 candidates were qualified for the 313 seats reserved for in-service candidates and the marks were added across the board to benefit the failed candidates. "Though the addition of marks did not help those who had passed the test, candidates who failed benefited immensely as they could seek seats under the in-service quota," they said.

Root cause

The medicos said G.O. 19 that enhanced reservations for in-service candidates - 30 per cent in clinical and 50 per cent in non-clinical courses - was the root cause of all the problems and it should be scrapped immediately.

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