The students, holding signs and shouting slogans against the state government and college administration, refused to moderate their stance and keep other students motivated to stick to their demand. They said the state government should treat them equally with MBBS students and other medical professionals because they too qualify for the competition and get the college based on their ranking in the medical examination (NEET).
Ajeet Kumar, a first year PG student of Masters in Veterinary Science, said PG students get Rs 1,800 per month as scholarship for two years while UG student gets Rs 5,000 per month as scholarship. internship allowance for one year. “We qualified the NEET exam and our ranking is much better than Pharmacy, Unani, Homeopathic, Ayurvedic and Dental students, but they get more stipends and scholarships than us. Our request is that we receive at least an allowance equal to that of other health professionals. PG students are expected to get up to Rs 17,500 and UG students Rs 22,000-25,000 per month,” he said.
A third year UG student Anisha Kumari from Chapra told TOI that they only get Rs 166 for one day during their internship. “Our work is as important as that of any other healthcare professional. We also work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the amount provided by the government is insufficient and we have to depend on our parents,” she said, adding that she would continue with the protest until their demand was met.
Over indefinite student protest, Dr. JK Prasad, Dean of the college, said the matter had been brought to the attention of the state government, but was still pending administrative approval. “The decision on the stipend hike will be taken at the cabinet meeting and officials have assured that it will be done within a week or two. Regarding the scholarship, we have sent the proposal but no response. happened again. We have asked the students to end their protest and return to work, but they are still adamant,” he said.