Tribune News Service
Patiala, December 8
The Principal of Government Medical College (GMC) Patiala has suspended over 200 MBBS students for not attending a meeting on “Covid-19 precautions”.
The meeting of final Prof. (part -II) students was called by Principal Rajan Singla at 4 pm on Monday. However, only 17 out of a total of 225 students attended the meeting at the college auditorium.
Talking to The Tribune Dr Rajan Singla said, “Yes, I have suspended them until further orders as they didn’t attend the meeting. It was an important meeting because I had to give them directions about the COVID precautions – to curb the spread.”
Dr Singla said he didn’t want, in his college, a situation like other medical colleges wherein a significant number of students had tested positive for the virus.
“This comes under indiscipline, when you as students don’t follow the order of the authority. I was making efforts for my students only, and they didn’t take it seriously.”
When asked about calling over 200 students in a closed environment amid coronavirus, Dr Singla said: “The sitting capacity of the meeting place, the auditorium, is around 600. Therefore, social distancing would have been maintained easily.”
Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the Principal had also called a meeting of final prof (part – I) students after the meeting of final prof (part – II), wherein, all the students didn’t turn up.
Absentees of the second meeting will be suspended on Tuesday, informed the authorities.