This post has been superceded by the one here which contains updated information.
Third year Electrical Engineering student, Rohit Kumar was declared brought dead at the Midnapore hospital this afternoon as he was being shifted from BC Roy Technology Hospital to Kolkata. Rohit succumbed to a head injury after he fell off a rickshaw on campus. As is well known in Kgp, Sunday being the “off” day for BC Roy Hospital and the fact that BCR is severely short of facilities to deal with injuries such as these, BCR authorities (or lack of them) refered Rohit to a hospital in Kolkata. As Rohit was being shifted to Kolkata in an ambulance, he passed away and was declared brought dead at nearby Mindapore hospital.
Earlier this afternoon, approximately 1500 students gathered at IIT Kharagpur’s Director Prof Damodar Acharya’s Residence on campus expressing their anger and frustration at the dismal state of basic healthcare facility at BCR hospital.The issue of better health amenities that has plagued the Kgp community – students and other residents alike for too long now; and in spite of repeated incidents, accidents and requests, the facilities continue to be dismal. What followed was an ugly scene as enraged students pelted stones at the director’s house and campus security was roped in to avoid students running amok. Media also arrived shortly covering the incident.
It is high time that IIT Kharagpur administration takes notice and accounts for the basic amenities on campus, healthcare being of the utmost urgency as proved by this unfortunate incident. The fact that BCR is not ready to handle the 7000 strong student community, which is to grow up to 20000 by 2015 by the HRD ministry directive has led to the victimization of Rohit.
We at The Scholars’ Avenue are no strangers to this scenario. 3 years back when we brought to light the state of affairs at BCR, we were forced to shut down on account of alleged Yellow Journalism. We urge students to sit up and take notice, hold the administration accountable question the authorities. Why is it that the special needs hospital that had been inaugurated by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam has been nipped in the bud? What is the share in the mammoth Rs 97 crore Diamond Jubilee grant from the Government of India? The onus is now on us to make changes.
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