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Parents seek PM’s intervention in shifting of MBBS students 

Faridkot: Accusing the Medical Council of India (MCI) and Union Ministry of Health of “dilly-dallying” shifting of 249 MBBS students of Chintpurni Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), Pathankot, to other medical colleges, parents of many students have sought the Prime Minister’s interference.After the withdrawal of the essentiality certificate of CMCH and its closure, the future of these students is at stake due to inordinate delay in their shifting to other colleges. These medical students are sitting at home, facing a bleak future in absence of their shifting, alleged the parents in a letter to the PM.The annual exam of many of these third-year students has not been taken despite filling the forms, claimed the parents. These exams started on November 13.On September 8, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Punjab, to complete the shifting of these students in the next two months. However, awaiting approval from the MCI and the Union Ministry, the DMER has failed to shift the students.“We have already withdrawn the essentiality certificate and no objection certificate of the Chintpurni college, ordering the closure of the college and written to the MCI and Union Ministry on November 8 seeking approval to shift,” said Dr Gurdeep Singh Kalyan, Director, DMER. “We are waiting for the approval,” he added.Sources in DMER said that the approval from the MCI and the Union Health Ministry would come only after the executive committee and oversight committee of the MCI give its nod to shifting of students.“We are hopeful of getting a nod from the Executive Committee in its meeting on November 22,” said a senior functionary in the DMER.

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