| The IGIMS students in their hostel after the counselling session in Patna on Friday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
The IGIMS administration’s counselling session for students and their parents on Friday seemed to have borne no result.
Sources said a few parents turned up and none of them signed a bond guaranteeing students would not engage in any kind of clash on the campus and in case they did, the administration could take any action against them.
The college administration has decided to call the parents again on June 2 for parleys. The Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) administration had arranged the counselling session to resolve the issue over a clash between hospital employees and students after which the closed sine die on May 8.
The MBBS students were upset with the college administration for having asked their parents to fill up the bond. “The hospital employees were also involved in the incident. The college should ask them to fill up the bond also. Why is the institute asking our parents to fill up the bond when both parties were involved?” asked an MBBS third-year student.
S.K. Shahi, the medical superintendent of IGIMS, told The Telegraph that the parents of the MBBS students were asked to fill up the bond after the counselling session. “They (parents) were asked to fill up the bond but none of them showed interest in doing so. The college might rusticate students if their parents don’t sign the bond. This decision has not been taken at the college-level; it has been taken at the state government-level.”
Dr N.R. Biswas, director, IGIMS, was not available for comment.
On what happened at the counselling on Friday, Dr Uday Kumar, the principal of IGIMS, said: “We told the parents that students should not fight on the campus or even outside. Students should not create any kind of nuisance. Students have been provided with all kind of facilities at the college and they should concentrate on their studies and nothing else. Later, we also asked the parents to fill up a bond but they refused. Not many parents had turned up today (on Friday). So, we have arranged for another meeting on June 2. We would decide what to do after that.”
On May 8, some MBBS students went to ask for the attendance register because they wanted to check the attendance of a guard of the hostel who was often found absent from duty. The official concerned did not provide them the attendance register, triggering a verbal duel followed by fisticuffs.
The IGIMS administration had ordered its first-, second- and third-year MBBS students to vacate their hostels following the clash.