Published On: Tue, Feb 8th, 2011

Students end strike after HSJIDS director removed

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Students of H.S. Judge Institute of Dental Sciences, affiliated to Panjab University, have withdrawn their 6 day old strike after the institute’s director Krishan Gauba was removed.

The students had gone on an indefinite strike Feb 1 after Priyanka, a final year student of BDS, had accused Gauba of humiliating her in public, directing her to unzip her jacket and to show him the T-shirt she was wearing in front of other students.

Gurshan Ahuja, father of Priyanka, had registered a complaint with the vice-chancellor.

The PU Vice Chancellor R.C. Sobti told IANS,  “The committee has recommended the repatriation of (institute director Krishan) Gauba and the syndicate has approved it. In fact Gauba had himself expressed his willingness to go back to PGIMER (Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research). Now we would soon appoint the new principal of the dental institute.”

PU had constituted a four-member committee to probe the complaint which submitted its report to the VC. In its report, the committee said: “Krishan Gauba, the director-principal, does not appear to have any malafide intention. His purpose was to maintain decorum and discipline in the institute/hospital. But the incident of calling Priyanka to his office and objecting to her dress in the presence of two other faculty members was uncalled for and she felt harassed.”

Sobti then called an emergency meeting of PU syndicate to discuss the report, and it approved the decision to remove Gauba.

The strike has badly affected the services of the college’s outpatients department (OPD) which is visited by approximately 300 patients everyday.

In the wake of the students’ strike, PU had suspended teaching in college from February 3rd to 7th and had asked Gauba to go on leave from Feb 3rd.

How ever Gauba has efuted all the allegations.

“I only wanted my students to maintain discipline and decorum. I have not done anything wrong. But there are certain things that are beyond our control. I have no problem in going back to PGIMER,” Gauba told IANS.

Earlier, Gauba had told IANS that the student was wearing a T-shirt which had a heart painted in red colour with a quote ‘I love New York’ and he just told her to avoid wearing such gaudy clothes as they have to look after patients.

In 2009, students had another run-in with Gauba regarding the dress code. Girl students were not allowed to wear jeans but the direction was withdrawn after widespread protests.