Srinagar: The students of Government Dental College Srinagar continued their strike on Tuesday while as the administration warned of strict action if they failed to resume their academic and department work schedule.
The students are alleging consistent harassment by HOD Orthodontics Prof Muhammad Mushtaq and demanding action against him.
A notice issued by the administration Tuesday asked the students to resume their respective departments for “their academic purposes and for their general patient care”.
The notice said that issues raised by the students of Orthodontics have been “amicably settled after giving patient hearing to all sides which was voluntarily accepted by the students”, hence the order for resumption of post graduate academic work of the department.
“The laws of the land does not in any way permit for going on strike or for suspension of any work which has been endowed upon subjects like strike or suspension is completely bad in the eyes of law, thereby making the participants of the strike liable for legal consequences.
It is hereby informed/directed that all the students/ internees/house surgeons/post graduate shall resume to their respective departments for their academic purposes and for their general patient care and if anyone is found to have not attended their departments forthwith, an appropriate necessary action under rules shall be initiated,” the notice read.
However, the student continued with their strike alleging the administration has taken no action against the professor accused of harassing the students.
Demanding strict action against Prof Muhammad Mushtaq and removal of caretaker Principal Dr Reyaz Farooq all the students of undergraduate and post graduate bunked their classes for the last five days.
Assembling outside the office of the principal, the students raised slogans against the “incompetence” of the college administration and demanded removal of HOD Orthodontics, who is accused of harassing students and forcing them to do his personal jobs, including jobs at his private clinic in Karan Nagar.
A delegation of students also met Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and submitted a representation to him.
Doctor’s Association Kashmir (DAK) along with Society of Dental Surgeons (SDS) of J&K have come in support of the students and assured them all possible help for their guanine demands to get fulfilled.
“It is very surprising that a man booked by the Vigilance Department of Kashmir in a criminal case has been given charge of the caretaker Principal in 2004, still continues to be on this sacred chair,” DAK president Dr Suhail Naik told Kashmir Reader.
He said that it is high time to remove the principal from the post and allow a “well qualified and responsible person” to take over in order to maintain the pride and prestige of the institution.
Media Secretary DAK, Dr Masood Hassan told Kashmir Reader that prompt action “needs to be taken against such persons and to bring in someone who can handle the responsibilities properly”.