Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Friday came out in support of protesting students of Government Dental College Srinagar and sought immediate removal of the principal.
Meanwhile, J&K Doctors Coordination Committee also took strong note of the chaos in the dental college and sought removal of the principal as well as the HoD Othrodontics who is at the centre of controversy.
The JKSDCC said that the principal along with the HOD have harassed the postgraduate students on different pretexts to the extent that it has disturbed the working envorniment of the prestigious institution besides.
Taking note of the “injustice” being meted upon to Master of Dental Surgery (MDS), Orthodontics students at the college, DAK president Dr Suhail Naik said that the DAK had also taken up the issue earlier on its own after the students complained to them about the harassment.
THE DAK said that it had talked to the students, and the HOD Orthodontics, but rued that the Principal “categorically refused to talk on this sensitive matter.”
Both the DAK and JKDCC noted that the care taker Principal has been continuing on the post for many years, and has also been charged in a criminal case by Vigilance department, who have also “recommended” his removal.
“According to Hon’ble Supreme Court guidelines Govt. has to make a permanent arrangement for post within 6 months,” DAK statement said.
The statement added that DAK fully supports the strike call given by the dental college students and is in shoulder to shoulder with them.
DAK said a number of other doctors and associations were in support of students, including Chenab Valley Doctors Association(CVDA), Resident Doctors Association SKIMS), Society of Consultant Doctors, Dr Sajad Quanango District President, Srinagar, National Health Mission (NHM), Dr Masood-ul-Hassan, General Secretary, Private Practitioners Association(PPA) and Dr ImtiyazBanday, President, Society of Dental Surgeons Jammu Kashmir (SDSJK).
The JKDCC statement urged Chief Minister and Health Minister to take immediate action by removing the principal dental college and the concerned HOD.