Chintpurni students to be shifted to other govt colleges. The Punjab government will shift all 249 MBBS students -of batches 2014 and 2016 – admitted to Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, to three government medical colleges in Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot, state Health, and Medical Education and Research Minister Brahm Mohindra announced on Sunday.The minister will chair a meeting on the issue in Chandigarh on Monday, where Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, vice-chancellor; Punjab medical education and research director and principals of the three Government Medical Colleges where the students will be shifted will be present. Selected students and members of Parents’ Association of these students have also been invited.When implemented, the decision will mean a lockdown on the college that is owned by BJP leader Swaran Salaria, who also unsuccessfully contested the recent bypoll for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat. The college started admissions in 2011, in spite of the fact that the medical education regulator, the Medical Council of India (MCI), did not grant it the mandatory approvals. The 2011 batch of 150 students had earlier moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court and have since long been shifted to other colleges, students of 2014 and 2016 batches faced a bleak future.
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