Arunachal: Nursing students made to continue offline classes; GNM students’ cries for stipend
The students of government Nursing College Pasighat along with other nursing students across the state have pleaded to the state government to release their pending stipend for the session 2020-21.
While stating their grievances on May 21, the students of government nursing college, Pasighat were seen attending normal offline classes despite the entire state on high alert because of increasing covid cases, resented over the delay in release of their pending stipends.
Mone Tasing, a final year student of B. Sc. Nursing appealed to the Health Minister Alo Libang to intervene into the matter.
“If our pending stipends were released, it would have been to our great relief as most of us are facing financial shortage during this time,” added Mone Tasing.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Dr. S. Engling Khamti, Deputy Director, Medical Education on May 22 informed that he has already taken up the matter to the higher authorities as the state government is not releasing any separate funds for medical students citing reasons for covid situation.
However, Dr Khamti suggested that all the nursing students of Pasighat, Naharlagun, Namsai, Tawang, Daporijo must apply afresh on which the directorate will urge the government to release the funds this year and from next year the students will be directed to apply through the National Scholarship Portal.
It is worth mentioning that several parents of students are raising questions over regular classes whereas other schools and colleges have closed down.
“Why are nursing students being forced to attend offline classes where SoPs are not being maintained due to which students are prone to covid infection,” questioned a parent from Seppa.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)
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