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Students refuse to budge

THE ONGOING wrangle at the Government Dental College showed no signs of subsiding despite entering into its sixth day straight today.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2006 17:29 IST

THE ONGOING wrangle at the Government Dental College showed no signs of subsiding despite entering into its sixth day straight today.

On the one hand, students refused to end their strike and ‘gheraoed’ Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalya (DAVV) Vice Chancellor Dr Rajkamal, while on the other, College Dean Faculty Dr Deshraj Jain against whom the protests are centered, reiterated his resolve to make the guilty students pay for damage to property during their ensuing demonstration.

The students in a bid to cover up dissension in their folds mainly between boarders and day boarders clarified that they were one on the issue of poor results during BDS final-year exams. Some students from Dental College of Science, Rau were also present on the occasion.

Professing to be far removed from politics, they questioned Dr Jain on who brought politics into the college. They also questioned on whether Dr Jain had not obtained his various achievements using political influence and whether he has ever undertaken any beneficial activity in student interest.

Dr Jain said that his taking up the results issue in the capacity of Dean Faculty and University Executive Committee (EC) member showed that he has always been in favour of students and despite the demonstrations targeted against him he has not dealt back in the same coin.

Showing resentment towards the college administration of abetting the students protest targeting him and their inaction in stopping the students from rampaging his office damaging government property worth Rs one lakh.

After already writing a letter in this regard to Chief Secretary Health MM Upadhyaya he has shown a keen intent of making the guilty students accountable and has resolved to identify them in photographs and video recordings and if his department/government and college administration failed to do anything he would personally take legal action.

He has also kept his office sealed under lock and key so that when he files a police case a ‘panchnama’ can be made. Meanwhile, the students ‘gheraoed’ Dr Rajkamal arguing with him on the premise of the three-day period given to them by Dr Jain for setting the bad result situation right.

Dr Rajkamal not agreeing with their contention said that the day would end in the evening and the decision if any will be announced on the next working day, which would be on Tuesday following a Sunday and Christmas holiday on Monday.

Dr Jain also seconded the V-Cs logic and clarified that he was positive he would be able to tell the students something concrete on the committees decision regarding accepting recommendations for resolving the issue and not give them improved results within three-days.

First Published: Dec 24, 2006 17:29 IST