The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has sent a letter to the Union Government asking it to rescue the students studying in various medical colleges that come under the Employment State Insurance Corporation (ESIC)
The Corporation had recently announced its decision to exit the field of medical education. The association says that this decision will put at stake the educational future of students and job security of the faculty at these institutions across the country.
In a letter written to President Pranab Mukerjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Medical Council of India and the Health Ministry, IMA office-bearer Dr. K. K. Aggarwal noted: “A total of 1,200 undergraduate medical students (MBBS, BDS and nursing) and 200 post-graduate students have commenced their study through the All India Pre-Medical / Pre-Dental Entrance Test [AIPMT] in the ESIC colleges. Also more than 200 faculties were also recruited, now the Corporation’s exit seems to be without considering the fate and future of the students and faculty members.”
According to IMA, the move has stalled all progress of development like construction, faculty appointment, promotions and opening of new post-graduate programmes.
“The future of the students pursuing their studies in these colleges is at stake. Further, no one has a clue what would happen to the more than 200 faculty members,” said Dr. Aggarwal.