Government Dental College Srinagar students go on indefinite strike

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Patient services in dental hospital were badly hit today as students of government dental college (GDC) Srinagar went on indefinite strike in protest of alleged “dictatorial approach” of college administration.
GDC Srinagar was shut down on Friday as students of the college assembled in the premises to lodge protest against a few members of the administration of the college. The students said they were protesting against the “harassment” allegedly by college principal and head of orthodontics department. 
“We are not treated like students but like personal attendants and servants by these two people,” said a student who was part of the group that had assembled in the Shireen Bagh complex of GDC.
Carrying placards that read “shut the college down”, “we want justice” and more, the students shouted slogans demanding attention of government towards the “mismanagement” and “abuse of power” in the college. The protestors included both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  
Due to the strike, patient services in dental hospital were affected. Long queues of patients were seen in the OPD and many people returned without getting done the procedures for which they had been dated.
The students said they had sought action from Chief Minister regarding the matter but “nothing had been done.” “We have been forced to take this extreme step,” said a student, adding that they did not want patient care to suffer “but we were left with no other option.”
“We will continue the strike till the long pending issues regarding the welfare of students are not addressed,” the students said.
Society of dental surgeon (J&K), in a statement issued has sought intervention of health minister into the allegations leveled by students. “Such gross violation of academic and medical ethics happening in GDC must be resolved immediately,” the statement read.
Head department of orthodontics said some students were “fabricating the story of harassment to suit their vested interests”. “The entire episode is pure fabrication and the student who is levelling the allegations, and who is behind instigation has been at the center of an incident of negligence, as well as poor academics,” he said. He alleged that to settle the “personal score” this student had been supported by some faculty members and they were misleading public and administration.
Medical superintendent dental hospital said that the strike was sudden and the hospital administration had not been given any notice. “Today, we had not made any arrangements as the strike was not expected. Now, we have instructed all faculty and consultants to remain on duty and cater to patients,” he said.
Principal GDC did not respond to calls from Greater Kashmir.

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