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Dental students on the rampage

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 13:16 IST
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STUDENTS OF the Government Dental College on Monday ransacked the chamber of the Head of the Department of Prosthodentics Dr Deshraj Jain, who is also the Dean of Faculty, the notice board in front of the Principal’s room and few other things in the reception area protesting the poor final year result declared earlier in the day.

Only 18 out of the 50 students were declared pass, which triggered the protest from the students already agitated because the results were being delayed. After the result was declared in the evening, nearly 50 to 60 students from all years reached the college premises at about 5.45 pm and ransacked Dr Jain’s chamber on the first floor, including steel cabinets and refrigerator, and also the notice board, electronic display board and other things in the reception area.

The agitated students are demanding review of the result and are planning to meet the Vice Chancellor of the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) on Tuesday.

Police personnel later arrived at the college even as news about the incident prompted other students and media persons to gather on the premises. Principal Dr B M Shrivastav and a few of the staff members were present while Dr Jain was conspicuous by absence, as he had left for New Delhi soon after the results were declared.

“The result was ready in the University since past four-five days. But Dr Jain purposely delayed it and declared it only before going to Delhi,” Dental Junior Doctors’ Association president Dr Amit Malakar said.

“We had agitated for past three years continuously. We had even resorted to strike last year but even this time round, the results were delayed and when it was declared, we find only 36 per cent of the students have passed. We are told eight students have been failed in practical exam. Dr Jain is responsible for this,” alleged Dr Malakar.

Last year, too, students had agitated at the university for early declaration of result; they had even started a hunger strike. But ultimately, when the result was declared, it was very poor, “a sort of vindictive action” by the concerned authorities, students claimed.

“So no students were willing to agitate this time fearing poor marks,” Dr Malakar said, adding, “But poor result again has forced us to take this step. There was no other alternative to vent our anger.”

“Dean and Principal Dr Shrivastav has also agreed that a bad turn has been done to the students,” he added. Dr Shrivastav has asked the students for two days to look into the matter. The students have, however, claimed they would ‘stop work’ for coming two days.

Dr Shrivastava also said, “Complaints against Dr Jain will be investigated through internal inquiries.” Speaking to Hindustan Times over phone from Delhi, Dr Jain sought to distance himself from the controversy. “The result comes before the examination committee. I have no direct involvement in it. There are different examiners for all subjects.

As far as I know, there is 100 per cent result of practical subjects,” Dr Jain said.
Asked why the result was declared so late, he said, “There was two days’ holiday in the university, so the result was declared today.”

To a query on change in the result, Dr Jain, who is also the executive committee member of the DAVV, said, “The university couldn’t modify result without a valid reason. As per the University Act, until a complain based on sound reasons is made by the students, even the university cannot alter the results.”

He also said that he would issue a written statement against all personal allegations against him after he returns from New Delhi day after tomorrow.

“A group of students has carried out this vilification campaign against me,” he said, and added, “Let there be a judicial inquiry to find out why the result is bad. Who is responsible, the college, the staff or the university?”

Chairman of Dental Student welfare Association of Madhya Pradesh Dr Chandresh Shukla said, “We will decide further course of action only after meeting the V-C on Tuesday.”

Meanwhile, police sources said, they would not take suo moto action against students. “We will act only if we receive a written complaint from the College authorities,” they added.