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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

MMCH Fails to Accommodate New MBBS Students blames Construction Agency

MALDA, 12 DEC: About 100 first year MBBS students of Malda Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) could not be accommodated in the campus as the hostel large enough for them. The principal of MMCH  Dr Uchchhal Bhadra conceded that the hostel could not be complete as the pace of the work of the construction agency was much below satisfactory level.

It may be mentioned that a team of Medical Council of India (MCI) would inspect MMCH shortly and the inability of the MMCH authority to provide accommodation to its students may earn embarrassment for MMCH authorities which Dr Bhadra also conceded.

MMCH admitted 100 MMBS students for the first time who are now in their second year. This year again 100 odd students were admitted but as there was dearth of accommodation those students could not be accommodated in MMCH hostel.

Many students from under privileged section of the society pursuing MBBS from MMCH are naturally reeling under hardships as the expenses to stay in private accommodation is much higher than that of the hostel fees.

DR Bhadra said, “We are aware of the trouble of the students particularly of those who have come from underprivileged families. We should have provided them separate hostel which we could not do yet.”

The MMCH principal said, “The construction company has been working in a very sluggish style and their slow pace of work is affecting the building of the students’ accommodation. In addition many other constructional works are still pending. They were supposed to complete it by 31 December this year. But the trend of their work suggests that it’s nearly impossible for them to maintain the deadline.”

He added, “I wrote letters to Medical service Corporation twice as the constructional work is done under their authority. I apprised them that the agency responsible for construction of MMCH has been working in incredibly slow pace. Even I informed the new chairman of MMCH committee and tourism minister Krishnendu Choudhury in this regard.”

Dr Bhadra said, “We would have to show incomplete hostel building to accommodate the new students during their inspection.” “I’m upset with the entire thing. Two days back constructional labourers came to me and alleged that they did not receive payment from the construct agency. I informed the appropriate authority that also as I’m not the right authority regarding payment of the labourers.”

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