Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Sep 16:
Healthcare services for in-patients in Odisha’s premier medical college, SCB Medical College & Hospital (SCBMCH) here was seriously affected today the boycott of indoor duty by students demanding strong action against an associate professor of Radiology department for her alleged casteist remarks against a student.
Under Graduate, Post Graduate students and house surgeons of SCBMCH have joined in the agitation. However, the agitating students have spared emergency services like Out Patient Department (OPD), Casualty and Labour room from their agitation.
A PG student of the SCBMCH’s Radiology department Dinesh Kumar Kis had complained before SCBMCH authorities alleging that Dr Kalyani Parida, an associate professor of the department, had made casteist remarks against him. The student had also lodged a complaint at the Mangalabag police station in this regard on August 28.
“We demand that Dr Parida should not be allowed to take any part in academic activities or academic institution since she has caused mental harassment to students and will do so again to other students if she is allowed to take part in academic activities. We are not satisfied with transfer only. We want a permanent solution. Madam’s transfer is a temporary arrangement. She will do the same on her return after a month,” said Dr Snehanshu Dey, president, PG Students’ Union, told reporters here today.
Dr Parida has been transferred from the college and posted as officer on special duty (OSD) attached to the office of the Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET). Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed her transfer with immediate effect, official sources said.
The SCBMCH authorities had instituted a three-member inquiry committee under the Professor of Surgery Department to probe the allegations and the report has been submitted to the state government.
The students have threatened to boycott emergency services from 19th of this month if the government fails to fulfill their demands.