GDC student strike: Health minister meets faculty, students to end impasse

GDC student strike: Health minister meets faculty, students to end impasse
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Srinagar: The minister of Health and Medical Education, Housing & Urban Development and Social Welfare, Asiya Naqash on Saturday held a meeting with the principal, facility members and the post graduate students of Government Dental College and Hospital Srinagar to discuss stalemate between students and faculty of the institution.
The Government Dental College and Hospital is making headlines after students of different classes accused the Head of the Department (HoD) of Orthodontics and Dentofacial, Mohammad Mushtaq, of physical and mental harassment over two years. They also accused him of making them work at his private clinic and involving them in household chores.
The meeting lasted for three hours as the minister met principal, facility members and students of the institution separately at a Guest House (East) Church Lane here in Srinagar.
Naqash, according to students who were part of the meeting, was briefed by them about several issues being faced by students in the institutions including alleged ‘failure of the college and hospital administration’. “We told Mam (Naqash) about how the hospital and college administration has failed,” Manjeet Singh a PG student said. “We told her that our examinations are delayed, hospital lacks necessary items like basic drugs, masks and hand-gloves and sometimes we buy them from our own pocket,” he added.
A faculty member wishing not to be named told Kashmir Reader that the faculty also highlighted the failure of the administration in the institution. “We told her how the beautiful institution has been turned ugly due to mismanagement of the administration and favouritism,” the faculty member added that the minister was also told that about issues related to APRs and delay in the promotions.
The minster also asked the reason for the ongoing strike and she was told no action was taken against the accused HoD despite ministry promised enquiry when student delegation had met her in Jammu earlier this year. “Mam promised us all the issues that the college and hospital is facing would be addressed as soon as possible,” Manjeet Singh said.
When Kashmir Reader contacted Riyaz Farooq, Principal Government Dental College and Hospital, to know more about the meeting, he did not respond to the calls from this reporter.
Meanwhile Principal has appealed the agitating students of the College to join classes.
“Till all the allegations and counter allegations are proved, the students should join their concerned department and report to Dr. Syed Zameer, Associate Professor (Department of Orthodontics) for their academic curriculum and patient work,” he said.