Protesting students spend sleepless night along highway

Ravinder Saini

Indiatimesworld News Service

Jhajjar, September 23

Medical students of the World College of Medical Science and Research spent a sleepless Sunday night outside the main gate of the college located in the district’s Gurawar village as the college authorities reportedly did not allow them to enter the campus.

The students, who are into their third year of the MBBS course, said they had called the police and informed the district administration about the incident, but no one paid heed towards their plight, forcing them to sit along the Sampla-Jhajjar highway the entire night.

The students have been up in arms against the college authorities for three weeks, demanding that their batch be shifted to another institute since their college faced shortage of teachers. Last week, they had protested outside Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence in New Delhi. They were sent back to Jhajjar on the assurance that the matter would be taken up with the state government. The students say the assurance hasn’t materialised.

“In all, 148 students had taken admission in the MBBS course in 2016. No other student took admission in the college after 2016 as the college does not fulfil the required conditions,” said one of the protesting students, claiming that most of the students are on strike.

Students have been staging an indefinite dharna in Jhajjar city. Every evening, they return to the hostel, which is on the college premises, and resume the dharna the next morning.

But on Sunday evening, they were not allowed to enter the college. The students questioned the authorities for blocking their entry as they said they all had paid the hostel and mess fee.

“We repeatedly requested college officials to allow us to enter the campus. But they did not relent. So we brought mattresses from the dharna site and camped outside the college. The police visited the college, but they did not help us. On getting information, parents of several students from Ambala, Yamunanagar, Hisar, Rewari and Rohtak also visited us and tried in vain to reason out with the college authorities,” another student said.

Jhajjar MLA Geeta Bhukkal reached the spot in the morning and demanded the state government to resolve the matter at the earliest.

Narendra Singh, college chairman, claimed most of the protesting students had not deposited the hostel and mess fee. “The college fulfills all required conditions. The protesting students are playing into the hands of our rivals,” he claimed.

Caption: Medial students outside the World College of Medical Science and Research in Jhajjar’s Gurawar village on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO