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Hindu Rao docs, students boycott convocation over Vardhan's presence

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Students and doctors protesting against Dr Harsh Vardhan as chief guest in their convocation

NEW DELHI : Criticizing Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan for saying that National Medical Commission (NMC) will be a big change in health sector, the resident doctors and medical students of the NDMC Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital Delhi boycotted the college's first convocation on August 9, 2019.

Five years after it's inception, Hindu Rao Medical College hosted its first convocation for awarding degrees to MBBS students in which Dr Harsh Vardhan delivered the convocation address as the chief guest.

The resident doctors and students in black clothes protested against him being the chief guest and demanded that the ‘draconian’ law be withdrawn.

RDA president Dr Rahul Choudhary told DTMT, “We are protesting against sections 32 and 15 of the law pertaining to licensing of health providers and the entrance exam for post-graduate course/NEXT.”

He stated, “The law enables private medical colleges and universities to raise UG/PG seats. This would result in the cost of medical education becoming prohibitive, placing the poor people of the country at a great disadvantage.”

The protesters called the convocation a "photo-op" in the name of distribution of degrees, saying it clearly shows arrogance by the college administration.

The administration put many restriction on doctors and students, including not allowing mobile phones, compulsory attendance and no personal vehicle.


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