THE STRIKE at Government Dental College continued unabated into its fifth day on Friday with Dean Faculty Dr Deshraj Jain rendering explanation to pacify irate students venting their anger against him. The student OPD was closed as the college OPD started functioning with some students (mostly hostellers) resuming work, while the majority continued with their strike.
Dr Jain categorically denying his hand behind the poor results, told this newspaper that the college administration, police and district administration are responsible for allowing demonstrations personally targeted at him to continue for three days in his absence.
They are also accountable for the destruction and damage of Rs 1.5 lakh worth of instruments/property at the hands of the demonstrating students in the college as also for the inconvenience caused to patients.
Dr Jain stating his various achievements dedicated to the college, social and other activities pointed out the groupism rampant in the college staff. He said that only two or three persons from the staff were stooping low and taking their personal differences to a larger level by misguiding students and playing with their future, while bringing a bad name to the only government dental college in the State.
He called on the visiting Health Minister Ajai Vishnoi at Residency Kothi along with Dean Dr BM Shrivastav. Vishnoi was apprised of the circumstances prevailing in the college and Dr Jain obtained a clean chit upon telling Vishnoi that the pass percentage was highest at 91 per cent in the Prosthetics subject taught by him of which he was also the Head of Department (HoD). A total of 43 students had sat for BDS Final year exam in which 18 had passed and 25 failed giving a result percentage of 42.
Dr Shrivastav blamed several factors for poor results including tough paper, wrong kind of examiners, absence of moderator and the likes. He stated that BDS and MDS are the toughest exams in the world, as the student has to perform practically on patients and that too with a high degree of perfection.
Explaining what the Minister meant when he told a visiting delegation of Dental Student Welfare Association that ‘the students will be allowed to check their copies’, actually means that they will be allowed to view their copies. The Devi Ahilya Vishwavidylaya (DAVV) has adopted Right To Information (RTI) Act from this year.
The students can see their copies on payment of Rs 250 and know what the have been marked for thus helping them decide whether they should file for revaluation.
The new special advisory committee on revaluation constituted for resolving this issue has been suggested a four-pronged strategy. A five marks bonus can be given to all students in all subjects, initiating fresh valuation instead of revaluation legal alteration through court and random sample valuation are the techniques that can be adopted for validly improving results within university rule framework.
Shrivastav agreed that most students had failed on the borderline, which is uncommon and that some papers were really tough. He held a meeting with the staff on this matter on Friday and told the agitating students that the change in marks would, only be initiated in their theoretical papers and that they should consider the practical chapter closed.
He was, however, unable to explain why the Central Steering Committee constituted last year after a strike called on similar grounds could not become functional. The finger of accusation raised by the students on central evaluation system, called ‘dispensable’ by Director Medical Education (DME) and Mahatma Gandhi Medical College (MGM) Dean Dr VK Saini recently, could also not be explained away properly.
Government Dental College students have stated that they are waiting for the three-day time period, asked for setting things right by Dr Jain, after which their demonstrations will enter the next stage.
Meanwhile, students from Dental Science and Hospital, Rau called upon Vice Chancellor Dr Rajkamal to show their resentment with results. Marksheets of toppers who ad failed in the exam were also shown on, which Dr Rajkamal assured them of fair and equitable treatment.