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Jammu, Feb 8 (UNI) Demanding approval of the first three batches by the Dental Council of India (DCI), the aggrieved students of Indira Gandhi Government Dental College Jammu, today took to streets amid anti-government slogans.

The ongoing agitation of the students entered the eighth day here after they lodged protest and came on the road with placards and banners displaying ''We want justice'', ''We want approval'', ''Is this the way to make doctors''.

Shouting slogans against the Jammu and Kashmir Government, the protest march of the agitating students passed through city markets and concluded at Government Medical College Jammu.

''For the last one week, we are on protest. We have a genuine demand but government is paying no heed to our words,'' a student from Dental College told UNI asserting that they have also been receiving threatening phone calls from unidentified sources to call off their ongoing strike.

Students are demanding approval from the Dental Council of India (DCI) for the previous three batches. They alleged that DCI has been considering the batch of 2007 as the first batch and is not concerned with the previous.

''The government is not serious with our future. Nobody will consider us as authorized and recognized dentists once we complete our course,'' pleaded another student.

However, the students said that there would be no smooth functioning in the departments of the Dental College unless they would be considered as recognized by the Dental Council of India.

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