Students in lurch as govt goes slow on college derecognition

Five months have passed since the state government decided to derecognise Aditya Dental College in Beed owing to poor infrastructure and lack of basic facilities

Written by Dipti Sonawala | Mumbai | Published: July 17, 2013 1:06 am

Five months have passed since the state government decided to derecognise Aditya Dental College in Beed owing to poor infrastructure and lack of basic facilities. However,since the final approval is yet to come,first-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) students have been left in the lurch. Around 100 students claimed they are yet to be transferred to another college.

“We can’t go back to that college now nor are we getting admission in other colleges in the middle of an academic year. The state had assured us that we would be transferred to another college. Unless they take a decision,we are stuck,” said Masira Phodkar,a first-year student.

The students alleged that the authorities are trying to cover up the matter. “Each time we meet the medical education minister,we are asked to go to the CM’s office. When we go there,they ask us to go back to the medical education minister’s office,saying the file is there. We have not attended college for the past seven to eight months and have lost an academic year,” said Amruta Pawar,another student.

The matter came to light in February when 100 first-year BDS students,mostly girls,alleged that the college was harassing them since they complained against poor infrastructure. Subsequently,two committees were formed by the Medical Education and Drugs Department (MEDD) of Maharashtra in March to probe the allegations. In its letter to the Dental Council of India (DCI),MEDD pointed out many serious violations committed by the college management.

A M Atram,deputy secretary to the state government,stated in his letter to DCI: “The college is not being run as per the DCI regulations and does not have the environment necessary for imparting education. After investigations,the two committees were convinced that the students’ complaints were true.”

“The matter is not pending,we are working on it and the file is currently with our legal department. We will take a decision at the earliest,” said a senior official from the medical education department.

Aditi Sarda,the college administrator,wasn’t available for comment.

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