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College students end stir

Jamshedpur, July 5: Students of Singhbhum Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, today called off their indefinite stir after the college authorities promised to ensure that classes are held regularly.

Around 50 first and second year students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in homeopathy had gone on an indefinite agitation on June 30 to protest against the college and the administration’s apathy towards the plight of the students, who had been suffering owing to an ongoing teachers’ stir.

With 12 out of the 26 permanent faculty members on mass leave since March in demand of salary hike and promotion, the college authorities have been failing to hold regular classes, undermining the future of around 500 students pursuing the five-year course.

However, the students withdrew their stir this afternoon following a meeting with SDO (Dhalbhum) Prem Ranjan in the presence of Jamshedpur East MLA Raghubar Das. Also, the college authorities constituted a three-member team to ensure that classes are held regularly and promised that no punitive action would be taken against the agitating students.

SDO Ranjan said a separate team would probe alleged irregularities at the college and submitted its report to the district administration soon.

College principal Kulwant Singh said, “We hope that the government appoints a new chairman to our governing body soon so that we can sort our all problems.”

Earlier this week, a delegation of students met officiating chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty in Ranchi who had assured them of immediate steps to appoint a chairman to the governing body of the institution.

According to sources, East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal was the ex-officio chairman of the governing board but he sent his resignation to Vinoba Bhave University (the institution is affiliated to this Hazaribagh-based varsity) in April following student and teachers’ protests.

Students claimed had Kaushal remained on the board, all the issues could have been sorted out by now.


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