Two JPMC colleges unlikely to open soon
KARACHI, Sept 23: The two colleges of medical training run by the Jinnah
Postgraduate Medical Centre, which were closed after two incidents of violence
on the hospital premises about a month ago, are unlikely to reopen for students
in the near future, say hospital sources.
A senior official said on
Saturday that although the overall security situation at the hospital had
improved, the JPMC authorities did not find the atmosphere conducive to teaching
activities at the College of Physiotherapy and the College of Medical
Technology, which have hundreds of students on their rolls.
period from Aug 15 to Aug 25, the JPMC experienced repeated occurrences of
student groups' clashes, which claimed lives of two students and caused injuries
to many more, forcing the suspension of medical admissions and outpatient
departments at the hospital for about a week.
The Rangers were deployed
at the JPMC on a permanent basis after a clash on Aug 25. The students who were
killed on two different days belonged to the physiotherapy
Earlier, the hospital administration had planned to open the two
colleges on Sept 15, but the student clashes at some other institutions during
the last two weeks, shattered the idea, said another source.
Rangers have helped improve the law and order situation at the JPMC, faculty
members fear that the reopening of the colleges may vitiate the
When contacted, the executive director of the JPMC, Prof
Rashid Jooma, said teaching at the two colleges might resume after Ramazan. Dawn