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AIIMS Bhopal: Duo on protest march seeking full-time director

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

Two medical students of the AIIMS Bhopal, who embarked on a foot march on May 3 to protest against functioning without a since 2015, have covered 300 kilometres and have reached district in the state, they told today.

Sant Guru Prasad, former of the AIIMS Students Union, and fellow medical student Chandan Aryan plan to walk all the way till New to force the to appoint a full-time as well as fill up other vacancies.

Prasad told that he and Aryan plan to reach by the end of this month or the first week of June.

"AIIMS does not have a permanent since 2015. In order to draw the attention of the authorities, we have decided to walk all that way to We started this march on May 3." Prasad told over phone from Dinara in district.

He alleged that the absence of a was hampering the progress of as those appointed on a temporary basis avoided taking decisions due to the fear of stoking a controversy.

Prasad, a resident of Nalanda in Bihar, said that, besides the director, had 135 faculty members against a sanctioned strength of 305.

"Out of a total strength of 700 senior residents, just 130 are working at AIIMS Only 403 out of 960 beds are operational, which comes to around 40 per cent," he claimed.

The acting director of the institute, Dr Nitin M Nagarkar, however, denied the charges levelled by Prasad and said that a section of students who had supplementaries in some subjects were behind the protest.

A supplementary exam is a form of further assessment offered to students who have not satisfied the passing criteria set by the educational institution for a particular course.

He said that these students wanted the administration to "pass them" in these subjects.

Prasad called Nagarkar's accusations as "totally untrue".

Nagarkar further said that the institute was shaping up well.

"No department is without faculty. Infrastructure has been created as per the requirement and number of beds too have increased," he said.

He said that the of the Union Cabinet would take a decision on appointing a full-time director.

Parth Deshmukh, an intern at the institute, said that a majority of the students were supportive of the march and, besides organising candlelight protests, they had also met

Sanjar said that he had taken up the matter with Union Health and JP Nadda.

AIIMS Bhopal is one of the seven apex healthcare institutes established by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY).

These institutions are being established by an Act of Parliament on the lines of the original All Institute of Medical Sciences in

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 16:15 IST