PhD and MPhil students of Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP) called off their strike on Tuesday after Union additional health secretary C.K. Mishra promised to arrange temporary faculty for clinical psychology and psychiatric social work within 10 days during a visit to the campus.
Mishra also assured the students that the Union ministry of health and family welfare would ask the Rehabilitation Council of India to offer recognition to the twin courses with retrospective effect.
Till now, three batches have passed out from the institute without the mandatory RCI validity.
Mishra is on two-day tour of the capital to take stock of preparations at CIP and RIMS ahead of Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azadís visit on September 23.
During his trip to CIP, the additional health secretary convened a meeting with director Daya Ram and faculty members, where he was informed about the problems faced by the institute, including the studentsí protest.
The faculty members also sought amendments in recruitment rules and more power for the director so that he could take decisions on his own without having to write to the Union ministry for approval of every work.