The intern doctors who were staging agitation for the past seven days in front of King George Medical University demanding cancellation of Uttar Pradesh Post Graduate Entrance Examination (UPPGMEE) called off their strike on Tuesday after the Lucknow district administration assured that the entrance exam slated on March 31 will be postponed to April 21.
More than 100 doctors,who were taken into custody by police from where they were protesting late on Monday night citing breach of peace,were also released early on Tuesday morning after the assurance by Lucknow district magistrate Anurag Yadav.
While the DM could not be reached,Additional District Magistrate (West) Hari Pratap Shahi said the intern doctors have called off their strike after the DM assured them of postponing the UPPGMEE till April 21. Shahi said the DM told the interns that a government order in this regard will be issued on Thursday when the Secretariat opens after Holi holiday.
The protesting students had,in their latest memorandum to the government,said that if the government is not ready to cancel the examination,they can at least postpone it till the Supreme Court gives its final orders on National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET).
The students have been demanding cancellation of UPPGMEE and admission in post-graduate seats of state medical colleges through NEET,which was held in November-December 2012 at all-India level. The state had declared UPPGMEE as per the directions of the Supreme Court,which is hearing a case regarding NEET.
The apex court has withheld the results of NEET and asked the states to continue with the procedure of post-graduate admission but hold the results till the courts final decision.
The students had met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday,who had asked the students to give their detailed memorandum to the Lucknow DM. Mohit Singh,one of the students who met the CM,said Lucknow DM Anurag Yadav had assured them that the UPPGMEE will be postponed till April 21.