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Give Rs 10 lakh each to nursing students being shifted to other institutes: Punjab govt to DBU

The state government on Wednesday directed the Desh Bhagat University (DBU) to give Rs 10 lakh to each student of nursing department who are to be shifted to other institutes after the admission scam at the university.

The J&K Students Association tweeted that the state government had directed the authorities to pay the fine to the students and the state government would facilitate the shifting of students to other institutes.

It was also directed that DBU will have time to deposit the fees for third year to the institutions where the students will have to be shifted, as would inevitably be demanded by the respective colleges.

The students of the nursing course at the university have been protesting since August 28 and questioning the validation of their degrees. The students alleged that the DBU had admitted 140 students against 60 nursing seats.On Sunday, the students of the nursing department of private university in Mandi Gobindgarh town of Fatehgarh Sahib district continued the protest and raised their demand for clarity about their nursing degrees.

The students also demanded cancellation of FIRs which were registered by the local police against the students. Police have booked at least 16 women students for allegedly assaulting police personnel during the protest. The district police decided not to pursue the FIRs against the students. Sources in the police said that the university authorities failed to produce any documents pertaining to the permission of admitting more than 60 nursing students.

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Some of the protesting students told The Indian Express that the university management had also fudged letters of their parents which triggered the protest on August 28. The students demanded that a thorough probe should be carried out to know the truth.

A third year nursing student of Desh Bhagat University, where the protest is going on, told The Indian Express that they had taken admission in the university’s Desh Bhagat Institute of Nursing in 2020. The student added that the Indian Medical Council (IMC) allotted a quota of 60 seats to the college but when the students physically joined their classes in 2021 after COVID-19, they came to know that the university had admitted around 150 students against the allotted quota of 60 seats.

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“It perturbed us and the students launched a protest in 2021. The university management persuaded the students and promised that there shall be no issues with them. We agreed but in 2022, the management told us that they were bifurcating our batch into two where girl students shall study in different sections. First we resisted but later agreed as the management told us that they wanted to promote girl education,” the protesting student added.

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