ABOUT A group of 25 King George’s Medical University students nearly had a different taste of Gandhigiri on Sunday when their presence in Gandhi topis and aprons set security alarm bells ringing!
Cops, security personnel and university top bosses rushed to the spot, apprehending that the ‘mob’ was going to damage the V-C office. But, when they found the young doctors carrying flowers in one hand and gardening tools in the other, they chose to ask them as to what they were up to. They heaved a sigh of relief when they found the mob as a Gandhi brigade on a save-tree mission.
At around 8 in the morning, over two dozen students of first year from the CV Hostel marched in Gandhi caps towards the V-C office, singing Gandhi bhajans. The motto was to maintain the sapling planted, on the occasion of Doctor’s Day (July 1) and August 27, by senior faculty members. The programme was organised under Bandho Andolan, a social movement to save trees in city.
However, when the row of students in aprons and Gandhi caps reached close to the Department of Physiology, someone from the security misinformed the authorities that ‘a mob of students’ is marching towards administrative block with unknown intensions. The security personnel got apprehensive of some foul play in the wake of a violent incident on January 12, when some bad elements had put the administrative block on fire.
The message spread fast and hostel warden Dr PK Sharma ran towards the administrative block. He was followed by proctor, Dr VK Singh, who called up vice chancellor, president of the Resident Doctors’ Association Devashish Shukla and even the police from the nearby outpost.
When they all reached the spot, they were surprised to see Dr Narsingh Verma of the Department of Physiology and Dr PK Gupta, an alumni of 1981 and convenor of Bandho Andolan, leading the students. “What is this going on? with whose permission?” asked the proctor to Dr Verma and the students. But, by the time things were clarified, the entire mission got diverted to a discussion about “prior permission”. Nothing was new as the students were on their way to nurse the saplings planted by their teachers. Perhaps someone from the security misinformed the authorities and got all biggies on the spot. But, when Dr Gupta clarified the matter was resolved.
“At least warden should be informed even if the event is to happen on the campus, Dr Singh said. The date ended in an hour with a resolution that a prior permission should be taken for any such even that involves students and specially the first year students, who are still vulnerable to ragging!