It turned out to be an embarrassing day for the Government Medical College as the state medical education and research department ordered a probe into the tiff between two senior faculty members of the microbiology department, which happened last Monday in the presence of students. The daughter of one of the faculty members was also involved in the spat.
Dr Manjit Kaur Mohi, director, medical education and research, called the incident “unfortunate” and directed college principal KD Singh to submit the probe report within three days. “It is certainly an alarming issue. Adequate action will be taken after the inquiry as the academic atmosphere of the college cannot be taken for granted,” said Dr Mohi while speaking to HT.
The college authorities swung into action after receiving the inquiry letter from the department of medical education and research. KD Singh told HT that a three-member probe committee has been constituted and has been asked to submit the inquiry report at the earliest. He did not disclose the names of the members of the probe committee while citing ‘secrecy’ clause. Verbal spat to manhandling, students saw everything in classroom.
The squabble that caused a flutter in the college took place two days ago on Monday afternoon when assistant professor Dr Rupinder Bakshi was teaching a second year class of the bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) students. As she finished her initial 20-minute demo class and went outside to bring some equipment for a practical demonstration, her colleague Dr Ashok Kumar Singla, who is an associate professor in same department, entered the classroom and began teaching the students.
When Dr Bakshi came back, a verbal spat ensued between the two over the roster duty of the class. The petty quarrel turned ugly after Dr Singla’s daughter, who is pursuing doctor of medicine (MD) course in the same college, reached the spot and all three of them began manhandling each other, stunning the students in the classroom. The matter reached the principal same evening and he briefed the higher officials of the medical education department on Tuesday. The department sent him a letter today, ordering an inquiry into the spat.
Sources revealed that the two faculty members were not on good terms and tension was brewing between them for some time.
Washing dirty linen in public, different versions of the story
Claiming innocence, Dr Bakshi said that she was taken aback when Dr Singla’s daughter slapped her in front of a class full of students. She said she was forced to take action in self-defence. She added that she was the one who was allotted the practical demonstration for the BDS second year class by the chairperson of the department. Despite knowing this, Dr Singla and his daughter created a ruckus. “I feel embarrassed facing students after the incident,” she said.
On the other hand, Dr Singla claimed that it was a conspiracy against him and his daughter as in fact, she was the first to attack his daughter. Dr Bakshi even dragged my daughter in the corridor while pulling her hair, Singla added. “I did not expect such misbehaviour. It is a matter of record that I was allotted the roster for practicals of the BDS class and when I asked her to leave the class, she began shouting at me and manhandled my daughter,” Singla said.
Probe to begin tomorrow, police record statements
Sources said that the probe team will begin hearing both the parties from tomorrow and wind up its report soon. On the other hand, the police recorded the statements of both the faculty members a day after their medical examination. Both of them had separately approached the police on Tuesday.
However, police officer Shawinder Singh said nothing much had come up in the medical report. “In my report, I have asked the college to take action,” he said.