Admission to outsider in Punjab medical colleges: Captain succumbed to education ‘mafia’: Harpal Cheema

Chandigarh, June 17: The Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly and senior leaders of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab, Harpal Singh Cheema has slammed the Captain Amarinder Singh Government for allowing floodgates of admissions to students from other states in medical colleges in Punjab, saying the decision would not only prove detrimental to students pursuing careers in medicines but would also to the interests of the people of the state for many reasons than one. He said the decision needed to be reconsidered sooner than later. He demanded that a review committee of technical experts comprising members of all political parties be constituted under to look into the entire botch up.

In a statement issued from party headquarters in Chandigarh on Monday, Cheema said that the state government had not only reneged on its own decision earlier taken on January 21, 2000, but had also thrown the clear-cut directives of the apex courts – The Supreme Court of India and Punjab and Haryana High Court – to the winds.

Referring to a similar decision taken in 1996 by the then ruling Congress government in the state allowing students from as many as 17 states to seek admission in medical colleges in Punjab, the AAP leader said that the students from Punjab were left to suffer after the implementation of the decision opening the floodgates for other states.     

Cheema said alleged that the government had bowed down to the education ‘mafia’ active in the state which was calling the shots at the behest of their political masters. The recent decision by the government was in continuation of its anti-student move, which Cheema said, won’t be allowed to continue for long.

The AAP leader further said that after the 2013 decision, the government had to implement the 5 years’ condition of 10th, 11th and 12th from Punjab in 2019, but alleged that the government had, under the pulls and pressures of the mighty education mafia, implemented the 1996 scheme, which would create roadblocks for the students of Punjab to seek admissions to medical courses.

The AAP leader said that the scheme would not only pose roadblocks for the students of Punjab origin but also prove disastrous to the people, which would impair the health services in the state saying that the students from other states would return to their respective states after achieving medical degrees in the state of Punjab. Cheema demanded the government should immediately review decision for the larger interest of a vast majority of the students who have been left to suffer in silence.      

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