GMC students protest MCI’s course-extension proposal

SRINAGAR: The undergraduate students at Government Medical College (GMC) here Wednesday went on strike and staged protest against the proposed extension in the MBBS course from 5.5 to 7.5 years.
The students of first to final year MBBS boycotted the classes after noon and staged protest in the campus against the move proposed by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
“We are upset with MCI’s proposal to increase the duration of MBBS to seven and a half years. We took admission in medical college with the hope that we will complete MBBS within five and a half years, but the proposed move can be big blow to our plans,” Choudhary Muzzafar, president of the GMC’s Cultural Academic Sports Social Welfare Union (CASSWU) told Kashmir Reader.
“The proposed move can be detrimental for our careers. It will not only affect those enrolled in first or second year MBBS, but also those who are about to complete their degrees. We oppose it,” he added.
The protest, which is likely to continue in the coming days, was part of the pan-India agitation lodged by the MBBS students to oppose the proposed move.
“The strike and protest will continue. We cannot sit silently over this,” Muzzafar said.