STUDENTS OF Government Dental College declared a strike on Wednesday as the imbroglio over poor BDS final year results between the students and the college management continued for the third day.
Declaring a strike, the students did not allow the staff and other employees to enter the college as a result of which there were no classes and no OPD could be run. However, emergency services were functional.
The college authorities are hopeful things would return to normalcy on Thursday. The students too said they would allow OPD and other services. “But we will not participate in any activity. Classes will remain suspended,” College Students’ Council president Dr Bhargava Patel said.
Bhargava, who also attended the College council meeting, told Hindustan Times, “The authorities are just giving us promises. We will not yield to promises and will continue our agitation till results are visible.”
On behalf of the college students, Bhargava had on Tuesday given a written apology to the Principal about the violent events on Monday evening. Earlier in the morning, all students of the college performed a ‘havan’ to purify the atmosphere clubbed with a prayer to give ‘good sense’ to College Dean of Faculty Dr Deshraj Jain, allegedly responsible for the poor result of the final year BDS.
On Tuesday, the college management had formed a special advisory committee to look into the issue of poor results and revaluation.
This committee was constituted after the students pointed fingers at the permanent examination committee comprising Dr Deshraj Jain and others. The anger was mainly against Dr Jain and he was kept out of the new committee.
However, what has irked the students is that the recommendations of the temporary committee would be sent to the permanent committee and will finally be approved by Dr Jain.
College Principal Dr B M Shrivastava, meanwhile, told Hindustan Times, “Sanyogitaganj police have lodged a complaint against ‘unidentified’ persons for rampaging on the premises. Following this, we have warned the students that the College administration would not tolerate any further violent activities.”
“Students should understand that Dr Deshraj Jain is not part of the revaluation committee. The students would be treated fairly and I am hopeful that the result will come out soon.”
Dr Alka Gupta, who is part of the special committee formed to look after the matter, said, “We have given a few concrete suggestions to the Vice Chancellor. We are hopeful we will be able to get something positive in about two weeks.”
Meanwhile, Director (Medical Education) Dr V K Saini and SDM P S Bagga, too, visited the college but failed to pacify the agitating students. After meeting the authorities, Dr Saini also met the students’ representatives. “The DME has asked us to submit in writing a request that central evaluation system for dental colleges be abolished. We plan to give that soon. But our agitation would continue,” said Dental Junior Doctor’s Association president Dr Amit Malakar.