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Dental students strike enters fourth day

THE STRIKE called by Government Dental College students entered into fourth day with the agitators submitting a memorandum to Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi who was in the city, engaging in sloganeering against Dean Faculty Dr Deshraj Jain and operating an OPD outside the college building on Thursday.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2006 17:08 IST

THE STRIKE called by Government Dental College students entered into fourth day with the agitators submitting a memorandum to Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi who was in the city, engaging in sloganeering against Dean Faculty Dr Deshraj Jain and operating an OPD outside the college building on Thursday.

Vishnoi faced with questions on the issue, while speaking to media persons at the press club said “I was in Delhi when the incident (rampage by dental students on Monday) occurred. I came to know about the issue through media reports. I also had a talk with the officials and ordered revaluation of the papers. Those guilty, students or the officials, would be punished”.

At the MGM annual function, a delegation of National Students Union of India (NSUI) activists met the minister. NSUI State secretary Gattu Yadav said that the petition apprised the minister of the threat issued by Medical Council of India (MCI) to derecognise the medical colleges of the State and irregularities at Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH) and mental Hospital apart from the poor results of dental college students.

Dental Student Welfare Association founder chairman Dr Chandresh Shukla called upon the minister in the evening along with secretary Hardeep Singh Batra and final year students Anjali Shrivastav, Dinesh Patidar and Anvita Rege who is failing from three marks despite having 59 per cent. Her mark sheet was shown to the minister.

Speaking to Hindustan Times Shukla said, “the Minister aware of the situation and prepared with answers, gave us a patient hearing and also spoke to Dr Jain on phone. When we showed him the mark sheet, he told us ‘now you would check your own copies. We are now hopeful some action would be taken and students would get justice”.

Shukla added that, while the poor results of BDS final year has taken precedence over everything else, the issue of delayed results of first, second and third Profs cannot be assigned to the backburner.

Their exams ended in October, normally results are announced within a month, while the next exam would be held in March.
The students will therefore, be getting less than five months required at the least for preparation.

He disagreed with the recent statement made by College of Dental Science and Hospital, Rau principal HC Nema that if his students were not protesting it meant they did not nurse a grievance.

He said the association was one on the issue and students from all 10 dental colleges of the State supported the cause of the students from the only government dental college in the State. He gave a time-period of 10 days to resolve the issue after, which the association will be forced to call a strike in all 10 dental facilities.

Earlier in the day, the college campus turned into a ‘chhawni’ with the arrival of Dr Jain. The students having levelled allegations against his alleged vindictive nature resulting in poor result, raised slogans against him.

It was alleged that he was in full knowledge of the results being poor and went on leave the day they were announced, while it was made out that he was in Delhi. Some students alleged that he was waiting out the bad period at his relatives place in Bagli.

Dr Jain accosted the irate students amidst a tight police cordon formed by several policemen, a TI and CSP in the presence of an SDM.

He told the students that he was being unnecessarily accused and asked for three-days time to improve the results and left for to meet Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalya (DAVV) Vice Chancellor Dr Rajkamal.

He refused to speak to the media saying he was being targeted and he was framed in this situation.  Interestingly, his giving a period of three days again landed him in controversy with questions being raised on his authority when the V-C has asked for a week to a fortnight for the newly formed committee to set the matter right.