Beed dental college students meet CM, seek transfer

Students claimed college management started harassing them after they reported lack of facilities to an NGO.

Students of Aditya Dental College (ADC), Beed, and members of NGO Forum for Fairness in Education, which is championing their cause, met CM Prithviraj Chavan Tuesday evening.

The students claimed harassment and sought stringent action against the ADC management and urged CM to transfer them to another college.

Around 70 first-year BDS students alleged the college had been harassing them ever since they complained against poor infrastructure and lack of basic facilities.

"We submitted a list of grievances to CM and the health and medical education minister. CM promised stringent action," a student said.

Another said, "We feel cheated. Now, it is the responsibility of the state government to transfer us to another college or else we will lose an academic year. The college management has been harassing us since the time we openly complained about it to NGO Forum for Fairness in Education. The college does not have basic facilities such as lights, fans in classrooms, laboratory and sufficient number of cadavers."

Most students have left the college and are seeking a transfer to another.

ADC administrator Aditi Sarda, however, denied the charges. She claimed the college had good infrastructure and provided all facilities to students.

A 2012 CAG report claimed a large number of dental colleges in the country, including ADC, were allowed despite negative reports against managements.

An audit of 82 dental colleges between 2006 and 2011 revealed 13 (15.85 per cent) of the colleges were granted permission by the health ministry despite negative recommendations by Dental Council of India.

While many institutes had shortage of faculty, others could not meet norms. Maharashtra Institute of Dental Sciences in Latur, Sinhgad Dental College in Pune and Yogita Dental College in Ratnagiri were also on the 'negative' list.

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