Bhopal: Dental students of various private dental colleges demonstrated in Bhopal for benefit of Meghavi-Chhatra Yojna on Tuesday. There are 14 private dental colleges in the state. Students from all the private medical colleges staged a sit-in at Neelam Park to press their demand.
The agitating students have written to Chief minister and have shared the letter to higher education minister, medical education minister, technical education minister, directorate technical education and directorate of medical education. Earlier, the then Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan had launched the scheme in 2017-2018 for assistance to students taking admission in Medical and Dental colleges of the state through NEET.
The money for the first year was sent to bank accounts of the students. But after change of guard in Madhya Pradesh, the students of private dental colleges have been deprived off benefit. Vijay Soni, one of Dental College students, said, “We are deprived off benefit of Meghavi Chhatra Yojna which was launched in 2017-2018 by the then CM.
But it has been pushed under carpet in 2018-2019 for us. MBBS students of private medical colleges are still getting the benefit but dental students have not been given. So this is injustice with us.” Soni said, “Previously we called on minister and he assured us that our demands will be fulfilled but so far nothing concrete has been done in our matter. We had taken admission and we are given benefit of the scheme like fee assistance. First year, money was sent in our account but now it has been suspended.”