news Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | August 21, 2014 | 09:25 am IST Demanding an immediate intervention by the state government, students of the derecognized DD Naidu Medical College in Tiruvallur staged a protest near Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University in Guindy bringing traffic in Chennai to a grinding halt during morning peak hours yesterday.  According to a Hindu report, the drama intensified when six male students climbed on to the Metro viaduct under construction and refused to come down, even as more than 30 students staged a road roko on the road below.  While the six students, who refused to come down until given assurances by the government to provide them seats in other medical colleges, were brought down by a fire and rescue services team, some other students slashed their wrists with razors. They were rushed to the Government Royapettah Hospital for immediate treatment. On an overall, sixty students were detained by the police and then let off. The students have been left hanging since 2011 when the Medical Council of India (MCI) revoked their college’s recognition. In January, the Madras High Court said that since the state government issued an ‘Essentiality Certificate’ to the college in 2008, it would have to take responsibility of the students if the college failed to do its duties; it then directed the state to accommodate students in its government medical colleges.  In the evening, the students met with the Commissioner of Police S. George at his office and discussed the issue.
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