Dental College impasse: DC Sgr visits college to investigate

Dental College impasse: DC Sgr visits college to investigate
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Rayees Magray

Srinagar: After the Health Minister ordered for submission of inquiry report within two days pertaining to a stalemate between students and administration, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Syed Aabid Rashid on Friday visited Government Dental College Srinagar to investigate the matter.
DC met the aggrieved students, faculty of the college and visited the Department of Orthodontics as well.
“I listened to both sides and hopefully all the issues will get resolved soon. Let the law to take its own course”, he said.
DC has to submit the inquiry report before the health ministry on Friday to aware the minister about the stalemate.
The students’ protested against the alleged physical and mental harassment by the HOD entered 8th day in the premises of institute at Shereen Bagh in Srinagar on Friday wherein they raised slogans and put banners in the College campus in front of principal’s office and continued their protest.
They have been demanding the removal of Dr. Mohammad Mushtaq as the Head of the Department Orthodontics and formation of a student union on the same pattern as in other professional colleges.
The head of the Department of the hospital, Dr Muhammad Mushtaq, while talking to Kashmir Reader refuted all these allegations besides hinted at the hidden hand in provoking students for ulterior motives.
“Six students are leading the protest for their poor performances in the academics. They are only creating disturbances through these protests; they have failed and have no other option. In order to hide their failures, they try to blackmail me while accusing me of harassing and forcing my students to do my personal work, let us wait for the truth to come out and get the things clear before everyone,” he said.
“These students failed to submit their thesis which they had to submit on 31 December 2017 besides failed to pass the internal examinations and remained unauthorized absent from college for one month,” he added. “ When they sensed that everything is going against them they started a campaign of harassing me through these protests and unfortunately there are some hidden hands provoking students for ulterior motives.”
He also said that Dental college of India guidelines say that a professor is necessary for P.G course to run and there is only one professor in J&K in Orthodontics that is him,
“This is the reason some people inside the institute are trying to damage my name and fame to get me down for ulterior motives”, he said.
The strike has not only paralysed the functioning of the Dental College for more than 10 days but has also dented the learning and research of medical scholars, said DAK president Dr Suhail Naik.
“This type of abnormal behaviour inherited by some guides has ruined the quality research in Valley,” he said. “Government must select a full-time permanent principal for said College after framing an empowered selection committee on war footing basis, he added.
Doctors Association Kashmir, JKDCC, DSA-J & K and Students of Indira Gandhi Govt. Dental College Jammu has supported the protest of students of Dental College Srinagar.