Allegations made by medical students against GMC dean, not false: DMER report

Mumbai: The Directorate of Medical Education Research (DMER) sent a warning notice against the new dean of Grant Medical College Dr Ajay Chandanwale for violating of students’ rights. The department has also decided to remove the female warden of girls’ hostel, who has been found to dictate a dress code on female students during the annual function of the college.

Taking cognisance of complaints filed by the students, DMER had formed a committee to investigate the allegations. On Tuesday, the committee submitted the inquiry report, which stated, the allegations made by the students against the dean and warden Shilpa Patil were true.

“There is also a strong communication gap between the teachers and the students. Due to which the dean wanted to impose his decision on the students and wanted them to follow it blindly,” the report states.Dr TP Lahane, director of DMER said action will be taken against the dean.

“A stern action would be taken against the dean as he does not have any right to impose unwanted things on students. Such attitude cannot be tolerated. Also, we have decided to remove the female warden from her post,” said Dr Lahane.The report also revealed several wrong decisions taken by the dean, including not to wear ‘short skirts’ and male students should keep a distance from their female colleagues, during college events.

“He may have tried to implement such rules in B J Medical College, but he cannot replicate the same in other colleges,” said Lahane. The report also stated, they have asked the three students who complained to submit a report of being absent for three consecutive days from the hostel.

Last month, the authorities tried moral policing with the students of Grant Medical College. The authorities issued a diktat on female students, preventing them from wearing ‘short skirts’ and to maintain distance from the male students during college events.

The authorities came up with this decision after a Holi event, held on March 21, in the campus. There was commotion and a scene created by some youth. The students wore ankle-length clothes and covered their faces to show their disagreement to the decision taken by the authority.

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