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MUHS types 4-member SC/ST panel, schools to ship report on standing of grievance redressal cells

MUHS types 4-member SC/ST panel, schools to ship report on standing of grievance redressal cells 1
Nonetheless, the aftermath of Dr Payal Tadvi’s suicide on May 22 delivered to mild {that a} majority of prime schools in Mumbai didn’t adhere to the rules and had no mechanism for coping with complaints of caste discrimination.

After receiving flak for not guaranteeing that its affiliated schools run SC/ST cells, the Maharashtra College of Well being Sciences (MUHS) has just lately issued a round concerning the formation of SC/ST grievance redressal committees on the college stage. The college has appointed 4 members to the committee, with Dr Girish Thakur of Authorities Medical School, Latur, because the president.

Final yr, based on pointers by the College Grants Fee (UGC), schools have been requested to type SC/ST cells along with anti-ragging cells.

Nonetheless, the aftermath of Dr Payal Tadvi’s suicide on May 22 delivered to mild {that a} majority of prime schools in Mumbai didn’t adhere to the rules and had no mechanism for coping with complaints of caste discrimination. The committee, has two extra members and a member secretary, who’s the vice-secretary of the tutorial part of MUHS. The MUHS has 348 affiliated schools throughout the state.

“Last year, according to UGC guidelines, we had communicated to colleges about the formation of SC/ST cells. Last week, we have issued a circular asking them to provide a feedback on the status of SC/ST cells in their colleges. They are expected to reply within 15 days,” stated Dr Kalidas Chavan, registrar, MUHS.

He stated, “There was always a system for direct complaints on the MUHS portal. We also regularly conduct counselling, orientation, development and communication training programmes three to four times a year to strengthen the student community. We already have a 24-hour student helpline. The formation of this committee is to explore options for reaching out to students.”

Dr Swapnil Meshram, member of Dr Ambedkar Medical Affiliation Alumni, stated, “Up until now, it has been our experience that top colleges in the city don’t even have an office space allotted to the SC/ST cell. Though it is a good move by MUHS, the faster the guidelines are implemented, the better. The extent of the committee’s powers and their functions remain to be seen.”

“MUHS has only implemented one of the four suggestions by the Thorat Committee. We request MUHS to implement the remaining three suggestions too: an office of liaison officer, often attached to SC/ST cell, a grievance cell and a counselling committee,” stated Dr Siddhant Bharne of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Nationwide College students Federation.

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