Six senior students of the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital have been on an indefinite fast for the second day on Wednesday demanding accommodation in the new hostel which is allotted for only first-year students.
The fasting students, belonging to the second, third and fourth year, alleged that about 100 of their classmates were in a precarious situation due to inadequate hostel facility and the authorities had turned a blind eye to their woes.
Sayan Roy, a third-year student, said, “We have inadequate hostel facility for the last three years and in the new hostel building only freshers have been allotted rooms. This is discriminatory.”
He said the old hostel for seniors was in bad shape and did not have enough beds for all. Last Thursday, the senior students had gheraoed principal Ucchal Bhadra for several hours over the issue. Mr. Bhadra said, as per the MCI guidelines to prevent incidents of ragging, freshers and seniors cannot be accommodated in the same hostel.
He said the college authorities were ready to address the problem faced by the agitating students and invited them for talks after completion of admission process on Thursday to arrive at a solution. “But the students have gone on a fast. We urge them to withdraw it,” he said.