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Teachers’ stir sparks scuffle

Jamshedpur, April 19: Sakchi-based Singhbhum Homoeopathic Medical College today witnessed a scuffle between two groups of students during a stir against the cradle’s inability to resolve a strike by a section of faculty members.

Nearly 100 first and second-year students pursuing bachelor’s degree in homoeopathy were raising slogans against principal Kulwant Singh for his inability to end the teachers’ stir, when a section of senior students tried to pacify them. Soon, a war of words broke out between the two groups and went on for about an hour. Intervention by professor-in-charge S. Choubey averted an exchange of blows.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Choubey admitted that academics at the institution had been affected for over a month owing to a strike by a group of faculty members over demands of wage hike and promotion.

“Around 12 faculty members are on strike since the middle of March. A decision over such issues can be taken only at the governing board meeting, which could not be held as chairman of the institution and East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal was busy in conducting elections for the Jamshedpur parliamentary seat,” he said.

Choubey added that the principal had tried his best to resolve the issue.

“He tried to arrange for an early governing board meeting and also sought intervention of the state health department to end the stir. Senior students know about the principal’s efforts and asked their juniors not to raise slogans against him. This lead to the heated exchange between the two groups,” said Choubey, adding that the problem had been sorted out and there was not major disturbance on the campus.

Principal Kulwant Singh confirmed that they could not conduct the governing board meeting due to the unavailability of the deputy commissioner.

“The deputy commissioner was busy conducting the polls. He has already given in writing to the state health department about his decision not to be chairman of the institution. I am aware of the students’ unrest and would meet principal secretary of the health department D.K. Tripathy on the issue. We are hopeful of an early solution to the teachers’ strike,” said Singh, adding that 12 out of 24 faculty members were on strike.

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