Students of the SRMI Medical College who were staging a hunger strike for the last 52 days at Azad Maidan, ended their stir on Friday.
These students were protesting against their loss of an academic year caused by the medical college's negligence. The college is located in Mayni village in Satara district.
The second year students had taken their examination for the academic year 2014-15 but were declared failed. The reexamination was conducted but their results were withheld and hence their admission for the next year was cancelled. These students demanded justice from the authorities, which directed the college to pay Rs 20 lakh per student as compensation.
The college however paid only 10 per cent of the amount and kept the matter pending. This infuriated these students who then approached the Supreme Court. The SC directed the government to intervene in this matter so students get speedy justice. As the government failed to implement the SC orders, the students initiated a hunger strike at Azad Maidan. Although these students will now get the compensation amount,they say their career chances have become bleak.
Students union president Praful Patil informed that they will now approach the health education minister and the Medical Council of India to get justice for themselves.