Students efforts to get BASLP degree recognised goes in vain 

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2018 11:07:38


Staff Reporter,


Chhattisgarh Health Department Principal Secretary Subrat Kumar Sahoo said the department is taking necessary steps to give justice to students apart from deciding to take up the issue with Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda


As many as 17 students are running from pillar to post after completing their four-year course in Bachelor of Audiology & Speech Language Therapy (BASLP) at Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur, to save their career from being spoiled.

Seven student of 2013-14 batch and 11 students of 2014-15 batch were allegedly given admission against the rules after their counseling by the then HoD Dr Hansa Banjara and Course Assistant Director Dr Varsha Mungatwar. The course is being run under the ENT Department.

Addressing the mediapersons on Wednesday, affected students Ragini Tripathi, Mahak Agrawal, Eti Shrivastav and others of 2013-14 batch and Anamika Alkara, Durga Dewangan, Gulnaz Khan,Udit Sahu and others of 2014-15 batch alleged that they were kept in dark about the recognition to BASLP course. “We were assured that the course is recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and they will get the genuine degree after the completion of this four-year course. Later when we came to know that the BASLP course was not recognised by the RCI we contacted our HoD who in turn assured that everything will be fine in coming days and they will get the degree recognised by the RCI, but it did not happen. The degree we received has no value as it does not carry the registration number of RCI,” said the students.

Later it was disclosed that the RCI had cancelled the recognition of the course as it was not fulfilling the criteria of RCI as far as facilities for running this course are concerned.

“We met with Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and State Health Minister Ajay Chandrakar and requested them to save the future of 17 students. Both Chief Minister and the Health Minister forwarded the matter to the Department of Medical Education (DME), but the DME’s response to the matter has so far been lethargic,” alleged the BASLP degree holders.

Meanwhile, Health Department Principal Secretary Subrat Kumar Sahoo said that the department is taking necessary measures to give justice to the students. “We are taking up the matter with Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Jagath Prakash Nadda and hopeful of coming out with some solutions. Even though the matter is not related to the Health Minister, still something positive will be done,” said the health secretary.