Dental college student strike enters fourth day

Dental college student strike enters fourth day
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Rayees Magray

Srinagar: A strike by the students of Government Dental College and Hospital (GDCH) Srinagar entered fourth day on Monday.
The students today took out a rally in the Shireen Bagh campus from principal’s office to medical superintendent’s office, against the inaction of principal on complaints of harassment of students by a faculty member.
More than 400 students including undergraduate and postgraduate doctors participated in the protest, shouting slogans against the principal and carrying placards reading ‘We want justice’ and ‘End to Student Harassment by Teachers.
“The HOD slapped a post graduate student in clinical working area in full view of patients, attendants, colleagues and staff which is very indisciplined and unfortunate. Despite informing the principal and dean and submitting a written complaint against the said HOD no action has been taken yet,” said Dr Grudev Singh Bali, a post graduate student.
Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) and other doctor associations have supported the student strike demanding immediate suspension of the said HOD.
All doctors including faculty members, who are working in various medical institutions of the Jammu and Kashmir, with highest standards of integrity and morality, are supporting our strike, the protesting students said.
“The HOD has been using his postgraduate students as domestic workers over the years, instead of addressing the grievances of victimized students, the principal has sided with the powerful professor,” the spokesperson of the GDCH students added.
They said the strike would continue until government takes stringent action against principal and erring professor.
The protesting students urged chief minister and health minister to intervene into the issue.