Student dies en route from BC Roy Hospital to Kolkata

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Rohit Kumar R.I.P

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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115 Comments

  1. NADEEM AHMAD BHAT says:

    As far I have seen IIT Madras hospital and facilities there then BC Roy hospital will be called not more than clinic. Keeping in view other IIT’s as they are within minutes reaches of country’s biggest hospitals as within city (IITD,IITB,IITM,IITK,IITG) even then they have better facilities than BC Roy Hospital. IIT administration has to take steps for highly upgradation of facilities and doctors as they are only recruiting locals even if they are worth of that.

    Thanking You

  2. Subrat says:

    This is indeed very disappointing. Things have not improved since time immemorial. Students have died in the past, as in the late 1990s, under similar circumstances. We need to be very rigid and get the facilities worked out and take it up with the IIT administration. I think the first step should be to prepare a list of demands and post it to ALL authorities, alumni and if possible higher above.

  3. borna says:

    shocking to say the least!! The very thing we always dreaded all these years has happened. The last time when Scholar’s Avenue brought this up and was forced to shut down I was in Kgp.What does the administration have to say now ?? And what about that dream “Multi Speciality Hospital” that was supposed to be built and whose “foundation stone” was laid with much fanfare? I feel enraged, cheated and at the same time deeply grievous for the family of Rohit.
    The Kgp alumni should also be able make their opinions heard by the people at the helm. I would request Scholar’s Avenue to please please please convey this angst that we are feeling to them

  4. prabhat singh says:

    Very unfortunate story coming in and more that shock for all of us. Poor Rohit faced unthinkable due to not his faults but administration of IIT. Any parent would be realaxed of these aspects when they send their children to IITs, but this incident puts a question mark for future of IITs. Govt is opening more campuses when they can’t even make the existing one state of art. The lazy admin offices of KGP do tell the story. When I was a student there I did see the condition. Very sad day for KGP. Please professors wake up and act like professionals with long term goals.

  5. Shamik says:

    Shocking. And the most pathetic thing is it takes a tragedy and misery of this magnitude to even make the suffering community sit up and demand change. One dares not imagine what will make the corrupt, politically motivated power corridors take some concrete steps. Making the heads responsible for this roll by generating pressure from Alumni and the board of governors might be a start (the sad truth of Kgp is that this is the only motivation that makes those apathetic inhuman beings in power stir from their comfortable cocoons). My condolences for Rohit’s family and friends.

  6. Eisha Srivastava says:

    You have forgotten to mention the cold behavior of the director, and his and the Deputy Director’s indifferent comments on the issue. And apart from the raise of this issue in the Schols Ave, this was also discussed in the 2 open house meetings we have had this year. It takes an incident like this to bring such issues to the fore.

  7. Vivek says:

    This is very unfortunate. Few days back IIT KGP boasts itself by saying it has made an artificial heart. Who cares about all these when you cant get the basic amenities to the students. I think student should unite and pull down the administration on their feet to put the fundamentals right.

    I am no proud to be a KGPian, when one of my junior fellow dies because of such negligence. I dont know what do they do with money they get from the govt and alumni which is not sufficient for keeping an extra doctor on sundays. Wake up administrators…please wake up..

  8. Everytime something tragic happens…like it did last year.. we think, “This is the end…things have to change now” It’s only later that we get that sinking feeling…. how many lives must be taken for the dinosaurs at the institution to sit up and take notice?

  9. Suryateja says:

    Was shocked. It’s very pathetic that iit kgp,a renowned institute in india doen’t have adequate medical facilities for it’s cream of students.Believe me,BC Roy hospital doesn’t have facility for a treatment of snake bite. C’mon it’s really a thing to be discussed. It’s not over with the director’s resign.There’s a lot more to be done.

  10. bishwajeet says:

    This is a very tragic incident and we must take action against this.

  11. Vishesh says:

    Although all our hearts weep for Rohit nobody can deny what happened as an aftermath was right and necessary!!

    If the truth has to come out in this manner .. so be it!

    I have no remorse for what i did in this afternoon!!

  12. Aakash says:

    It was really an unfortunate day in the history of all IIT Kharagpur. And we knew, this kind of accident was going to happen someday. Unfortunately, today was that day. The negligence of the doctors at BCROY hospital at IIT kgp campus is very common. And to add the horror, even the doctors are very irresponsible, unqualified, and least caring for whatever problems we face !!
    We are very sorry, but, we have to accept it that some authorities at the higher level were not even giving a thought about such incidents.

  13. Arpan says:

    I don’t think much has changed @ IIT Kharagpur since the time I left and going by this incident, I don’t think much is going to change in the near future. One would say, such an event will be an eye-opener for the administration.. but the track record doesn’t suggest so.

    Our humble request to all who can bring a change.. please do so before it’s too late.. and provide the students with, at least, the basic necessities..

  14. sad says:

    sad indeed. what was the true cause for the headache?

  15. himanshu says:

    As an alumni I have felt ashamed at many moments due to the action of this director. Students have been treated like commodities, allowed no freedom, locked in their room like prisoners. But this has been the height of everything.
    I think HRM before deciding to increase students strength arbitrarily should look into such matters. Votes are not more important than anyone’s lives.
    Regards

  16. Surya Pratap Mishra says:

    Absolutely shocked ! That was my reaction when I heard this incident from one of my friends there in kgp, today. It is really pathetic to learn that a young student had to give up his life because the facilities at the B.C.Roy Hospital were not enough. And then, we boast of being one of the top engineering schools in the world !

    It is indeed high time that the students look after campus affairs by being more involved by the administration. Please please guys, press for it. I would be interested to know what the current VP is doing right now to communicate the grievances of the student community to the administration. Also, please if possible, talk to Kgp alumni who contribute financially and build many fancy departments and centres and put across them the stark reality of campus life at kgp and the indifference of the administration.

    I feel sorry for rohit’s family and for me being a kgpian for the first time, today.

    - Btech 2008

  17. Naveen says:

    I am very much shocked and disappointed to hear this incident. My deep condolences. I think BC roy is of no use in the campus expect just providing the first aid. Even when I was in campus I faced or seen several horrible incidents , either students running from hospital or doctor is asking what disease you have rather than analyzing him or herself. It’s the high time that we KGPians should raise our single voice that such incidents should not be tolerated where doctors in BC Roy are playing with students life. Hospital should be equipped with quality doctors and equipments , if not then they institute doesnt have the right to say that children are safe here.

    Regards
    Naveen Arya
    03-07 Batch

  18. varun richharia says:

    The most unfortunate and dreadful incident that could have occurred!!! The director was not ashamed while saying “Such incidents have been occurring for the past 15 yrs and it’s nothing new. I don’t own any responsibility…”. The deputy director and some other professors were giggling at the same time. What a shame…we call such bastards our teacher. They don’t even deserve to be called human beings!!! BC Roy doesn’t even have facilities to treat a fracture and yet this institute(or say the director) plans to admit about 20k students in the coming years… These morons impose a dc on guys for coming late(11:05 pm) and treat students like they are some bloody slaves. The only thing these bastards can do is to sit on their chairs and make some mind-sucking policies in order to show themselves as the supreme bosses of this institute!!! What are we supposed to do in this jungle where even basic medical amenities are not available? I consider myself lucky to have survived the last 4 yrs. It might have been me or you or anyone else instead of Rohit… Let’s all pray for his parents and take some strict steps to ensure such sad incidents do not happen ever again!!!

  19. Abhishek Dasgupta says:

    All our condolences for Rohit’s family, we possibly cannot comprehend what they are going through.

    The entire administration is responsible. Right from that old fart Arjun Singh to the disgrace of a director that is Damodar Acharya. I hope these old farts and their machinations are made to pay dearly.

    KGP junta, don’t let this die down.

    Once again, our condolences to Rohit’s family.

    A grieving, sad and angry Alum
    Abhishek Dasgupta
    Batch of 2008

  20. Suresh says:

    see its very late now i am unable to digest this incident. The doctor dont even test the patients when approached for. they are very casual while treating the patients. i think this is the time for us to act together.

  21. Abhishek Dasgupta says:

    Our condolences to Rohit’s family, we cannot possibly comprehend your loss …

    KGPians, don’t let this issue be covered up…

    Yours grieving, sad and angry
    Abhishek Dasgupta
    Batch of 2008

  22. Ashutosh N. Bagaria says:

    Shocking!
    Similar thing happened 2 yrs back at kgp where a first yr expired while playing cricket, and due to bcroy’s lack of medical equipment. Hope something is done asap.

  23. Ravi Ranjan says:

    Deeply condoling the irreparable loss to beloved Rohit’s family i just want to ask is this the premier engineering college of the world, the KGP we so noisily boast of in tempo shouts where a bright young mind is lost so callously ? Guys lets put or acts together and not let this opportunity go in vain to make a difference.We deserve better than this.

  24. Akhilesh Jain says:

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/IIT-Kharagpur-students-gherao-director/articleshow/4300819.cms

    TOI says “Alleging that a doctor did not accompany the sick student, the angry students complained of medical negligence in the campus hospital.”

    there is no mention of the deplorable condition and lack of facilities at BC Roy Hospital!

  25. Its a tragic event that has occur today . Question is still there will condition will improve or will they be still the same . The student unity has shown that we are not going to be calm now . We want changes , we want new structure , why we cant have a good medical facility , we pay mess over head of 6700 per sem other the what government pays for us , where the money been utilize . Whats the use of those open houses when are demands or not even heard . My condolences for Rohit’s family and friends.

  26. XYZ says:

    History repeating itself!!!!!!!!!!!

    We should not forgotten the last year case, I remember the day was Nov 22, 2007, Anshu Gupta First year student got injured in NCC camp arround 50 Km far from Kgp and that time also the he couldn;t ged medical add and lost his life!!!!!!

    This is the high time students, should fight till the end. I know lot of things has been changed in this administration unfortunately nothing in favour of students.

  27. sidharth says:

    It took around 2 months to start constructing new floors on 60 yr old hostels. It took less than a year to construct new hostels. It took one alumnus’s pocket money to start Vinod Gupta School of Management. It took less 2 years to construct Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Rights.

    Technology Students’ Gymkhana has received a multi-crore grant to renovate itself.

    The B C Roy hospital stays as it is for the last 50 years.

    I believe the chief concern is that the govt is ready to give grants and donations but its the people here that are not fighting for such issues like basic amenities including medical facilities. i think we need to raise our voice to beyond the corridors of the directors office or his bungalow .

  28. sidharth says:

    to add to all that was said above….

    i wud really appreciate if the scholars’ avenue cud get some respected faculty to express their opinion about this. this is there for two reasons. first and foremost i think medical facilities is something that is common for the faculty and the students and they wud be equally frust abt this as we are.

    secondly i think there are professors who feel for students but cannot come out in the open due to a lack of forum. i think their voice wud help us out as well.

  29. Rachit Nagalia says:

    I am an ex-student. And am aware of the inaptitude of the BCRoy hospital.

    I can sit here and recount many incidents which showed BCRoy incapable of handling even minor issues and injuries. BCRoy is and was always inept. This tragic incident has been a long time coming. The sad thing is it coudnt be prevented.

    Now we should not lie back any more to ensure there are no more tragedies. I know as a fact that no student would want to go to BCRoy to even get treated for a common cold, if they had any other choice. Given the location of the institute, either the facilities need to be improved else there have to be other alternatives for the students.

    We need to ensure this doesnt go unnoticed

  30. sidharth says:

    another piece of info for u guys……the “DOSA” was missing from the entire episode and he is out of town.

    i remember a small incident in patel hall this year when a 2nd year had said that a senior had abused him. the DOSA came running from his home at 10 30 in the night to raise a hue and cry in the hall. there were the warden and the assistant warden here as well. the hall council was called and they wer all scolded.

    i believe that as soon as he had heard that a student had died in the campus, he shud immediately have boarded a plane and come here.

    but he was nowhere and no news abt him had come as well..

    i mean this is the height of irresponsibility.!!!!

  31. dhapli says:

    I am not proud to say so as being kgpian but truth is all kgpian are so coward of opposing administration even in extreme cases because of a single most powerful weapon administration has against students…which is disciplinary committee (known as DC in kgp campus)…& expelling student from insti. Noone really wants that & reason is quite obvious…
    This throws a light on how sincere this incident was…or was it cummulative effect of all bull**** students were facing for last god-knows-how-many years…
    I am hoping that this would bring some change in student’s attitude about how to tackle those things & attitude of administration about what not to listen, otherwise their a**es will be next in line…

    No empty words of condolences will suffice for rohit’s family…but if it brings a change in kgp & improves facilties of f***ing BC Roy hospital so that no other rohit dies…only then we can pay tribute to rohit.

  32. sidharth says:

    i just want to raise another issue here. i think we all know what happens in other colleges in india regarding the student unions. aren’t those guys better off than us ? i mean they also dont have the facilities but at least they live unrestricted and as kings in their campus. their’s is a very simple deal with the college. u dont interfere in us and we dont in u.

    we on the other hand are supposed to be the most cultured civilized students among all (i dunno why). is the institute taking advantage of this fact ? does the administration always think that these guys are too afraid to take a major action ? is this why people get away with all this shit over here ? is this why there is never any action or even a hint of it in any major chaos ? is this why they can get away with imposing foolish restrictions on students ?

    i believe that if this is so then we are at fault .

  33. Siddharth says:

    Really sad to hear this news. I’m from IITB, and we often complain of inadequate hospital facilities here.Compared to BCR however, we seem to have got a great deal. I urge the student community to take notice of this and push the authorities into finding a solution.

  34. This is indeed a black day in the history of KGP. The inability of the Administration in coming to grips with the ground reality and addressing the real needs of the students that was so directly responsible for this sorry incident cannot be termed anything less than criminal negligence. However, at this moment, I am forced to introspect what exactly did we, as a student community, do to prevent such occurrences from happening? The fact that we don’t even have a good hospital in KGP after 50 years is testament to the effectiveness of our approach of raising issues in Open Houses and during Elections and getting away with ignoring them later. I hope more concrete and effective initiatives are taken up this time by the student body in it’s reactions to this incident. It’s time we stopped treating as just one station in our journey of life; it’s time we realised it’s our home, for real.

  35. wiseone says:

    It is a very sad day.

    The reaction of students was spontaneous and the violence was only limited to a damaged car, some window panes and doors and some earthen flower vases. The students high intelligence and logical minds are trained to function through some reasoning not through brute animal passion. Though students are treated like prisoners or untouchables or slaves, their reaction was not exactly mobbing. The aristocrats (here faculties)enjoy all amenities, facilities, special treatment, personal attendance from the doctors, while the students are treated like commoners as if they are unwanted vestigial organs. The french revolution was only manifestation of accumulated resent and frustration. When the peasants wake up to the realities and challenged the Czar, the world witnessed UUSR.

    The point is their is no respect for these brilliant persons at IIT Kharagpur. When there is no respect, there is no care. When Teachers became aloof, the administration turned indifferent. This was only a trigger, the resent was building up from a long time.

    When there is no solution, no answer, no way, no faith —– mind turns violent. Who is thinking about students? Who is there for students? Who is looking into their life? Whom to approach in distress? who is ready to listen? Where are those teachers? Where are those godly, fatherly or motherly, strict as well as loving teachers?

    May God rest his soul in Eternal Peace. Amen.

  36. Amiruddin Nagri says:

    A very unfortunate and sad day for the whole of IIT KGP. My condolence to Rohit’s family and friends.

    Back in KGP, such an incident happened to one of my colleague, we admitted him in BCR for normal fever, but his condition deteriorated more day by day, fortunately we had time to shift him to hospital outside campus.

    Such an incident was waiting to happen, and it is very sad that it resulted in loss of one of our beloved’s life. BCR has turned to be inept, under-resourced, and not a place where you would feel safe to go for treatment. I personally have observed the faculty there unmotivated to the service of people who pledged their service to this nation.

    We raised our voices against it in our times, but it was dictatorially crushed by none other than our own faculties and administration.

    To you folks who are currently there, please do not repeat the mistake that we did. See to it that BCR becomes a place where KGPians feel safe to go at the time of harm. See to it that people who do not belong there do not stay there any longer. See to it that those who are guilty of negligence are put to justice.

  37. chanchal says:

    This is really the black day for iit kgp .we r all ashamed that at this great insti the condition of technology hospital is so bad.the response of director has frustrated us.but we all should keep patience and think wise steps so that this terrible incident may not happen in future.
    ‘May god rest his soul in eternal peace’

  38. Kumar Saurav says:

    IIT KGP is more concerned about curbing the freedom of students rather than providing the basic medical facilities. BC Roy hospital is a mortuary rather than a hospital.So, lets not hope anything better from it.
    Its a sad day for all of us.

  39. siddhartha says:

    Its a damn shame!!!till now after so many hrs. of the macabre incident not a single of the so called deans of iitkgp has shown the grit of saying or doing anythin..also its a high time that the student body should do something effective other than running after GC championships and sh**y “poltu”..
    There should be clear cut demands on ousourcing the services at the hospital to some decent co..the same goes for the mess as there is no reason why it should continue serving the most unhealthy and bland food..till then all the batches should stop attending any class..i think its a now or never situation.

  40. sudhakar says:

    i think the designations will not fix this problem this is giving to them an opportunity that they can say they are punished
    in actual, it can not return him back, what we can do at this moment give a huge amount to his parents from the funds of college which is wasting in terms of HALL DAY etc. i know this can not equal to his life,but it is some thing better step and we have to demand the administration that bring a super specialty hospital in to campus other wise we say the administration that we will stop all activities of the institution until they agree and or passing any GO from the government. finally we will punish the staff(including administrative persons)by any way who showed negligence….

    these steps are some part of the solution of this problem which mustbe there in solution …

  41. Sagar Agarwal says:

    Bhai logs,

    Firstly,Dosa [****]

    Secondly, I think though resignations of all the [****] was really essential ..the point is..the next ass who would take the post..is he gonna be even worse or slightly better…is anybody’s guess. So then where are we..Square 1..!!

    Think bout the basic basic reason guys..Its all money and corruption.. I am sure a lot of money is allocated to BC roy every year..nothing happens..takes 2 years for two months of repair..Its all money guys..Hit it there..

    Ask them to have regular checking by external auditors..proper accounting of all the appropriation of funds..The complete in flow and outflow of funds..Balance sheets on Institute internal sites..Transparency is what we need..Demand such an open forum..Just follow the money..the rest will fall into place..Be adamant .Dont Budge.

  42. Suraksh Vir says:

    May God bless his soul and give strenght to his family members in this extremely shocking and sad moment. May GOD be with all of us.

  43. Deeps says:

    Its grieving what all it takes to get everyone on their feet. Even when all this is going on, the DOSA is audacious enough to say that he is not responsible for whatever happened since “he was out-of-town the whole day”. The DD had to be reminded of his responsibility to the incident; doesn’t he know of his responsibilities as the Chairman, BCRoy? Having such people in authority how can any parent out there feel safe to send his child to this IIT?

    If these people are not able to do what’s required we need a fresh new administration. We are told by the faculty that they are facing the same since 10 yrs. Sir, its my sincere request “Speak Up!!!” If not now then when?? And “if you cannot be a part of the solution you are a problem yourself”. Just think over it!!!

  44. There is no word which can console the poor parents.

    For the students, it’s time to take action. People will try scapegoating on others but in long term the problem has to be addressed. Students, please contact alumni who are there in the good positions in Indian Government and in Industry. They have to pressurize government to catch the culprits and bring them to the laws of the land.

    Remember “change is the only constant” and “Yes! we can.”

    May he rest in peace.

    Warm Regards,
    Anirban

  45. Ashish Ranjan Hota says:

    Firstly, I would like to express my condolences for Rohit’s family and friends.This is indeed a black day in the history of this oldest IIT. But this should act as an eye opener for all of us as incidents like this have been happening since a long time. If we as IITians are not able to effectively pressurize the authorities to provide basic health care facilities in the campus, then it is our fault. The open-house meetings like today will not solve the purpose. The fact that there is no good health care facility for the last 60 years should be shameful to all of us including the alumni.More concrete and decisive initiatives must be taken up this time by the student body in it’s reactions to this incident.We should stand united, but let not the incident fade away in our memory in a few days.This is time for action.Simply running after GCs and doing poltu makes us no different from those vote_n_note seeking politicians in a country of a billion where in its vast swathes of rural regions even a hospital like BCROY is a dream which is not going to be fulfilled in decades to come.

  46. Jitesh Kumar says:

    I wonder if anyone cares about this enough to scroll down to the 38th comment, but if anyone does, I wish to ask him/her – “What can we do, sitting here in our homes, hundred of kilometers away, apart from pouring our anger out on this page/forum?” I asked myself the same question, and I decided I’m going to write to the Director, and the DOSA, and the professors (to whomever I can)- not an E-MAIL which they can choose to ignore, but a letter on an actual piece of paper. I request all who care to write to these professors and let them know what you think about the incident.

    Ironically, I couldn’t help but notice that the main building of the institute says in neon-lighted letters – “Dedicated to the Service of the Nation”.

  47. Your Friend says:

    This is a very sad and shameful moment for everybody! My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
    A prestigious college’s student dies due to non-availability of proper medical facilities .. damn!

    The only immediate and practical solution i can think of is handing over BC Roy to some private firm/hospital to which Institute pays the bills for student treatment.

    Guys give these people their worst times. They should not mess with students lives. Don’t fear anything .. think what worst can happen ? You will get de-registerd or kicked out, but what if you die tomorrow due to poor medical facilities ? I am sure your parents will support you on this issue.

  48. Kunal Kashyap says:

    Needless to say, It is an extremely sad day for Kgp today. First and foremost my deepest condolences to Rohit’s friends and family. I have been following the events of the day through my conversations with folks in Kgp. The anger of students is completely justified, and its high time that the administration takes due notice of the real needs of students. We must make sure, though, that we relentlessly pursue the demands that have been made today and avoid any more unfortunate incidents of this kind.

    Kunal Kashyap
    ex – VP, TSG
    Batch 2004-08

  49. Abc says:

    Guys,this is a very shameful moment for us,and mind u IITkgp adminstrators we are no HOOLIGANS..but we have no fear to be like one if we have to make this system right…

    solution to this–privitaisation of hospital should be done in order to avoid these in future..suggestions of 5th year panel should be taken seriously and should not be kept on paper only but to see in action

  50. Anand says:

    Hi all. Its a very sad event but you will be surprised if you go through this link

    http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/students-death-triggers-tension-in-iit-kharagpur_100169947.html

    The paper claims that

    “However, the authorities ruled out medical negligence and claimed that the student had a history of epilepsy and was sent to a hospital in Kolkata but died on the way.”

    How can someone ruled out medical negligence in BCRoy??

  51. Erima Goyal says:

    Many people here don’t know this:

    Last year, with the initatives of Prof A K Ray, President Dr. Kalam laid the foundation stone of a multi-speciality, 300-bed hospital. But, due to some freak of nature, the director, after the whole foundation stone thing, didn’t let the work start. The reason was that we don’t need this hospital.

    Yesterday, I took one of my juniors to hospital. The patient was to be administered saline water. Nurse made a futile attemt at putting the needle in her vein and when she took the needle out it was bent at three different positions.

    We seriously need to change this place and the administration here.

  52. Nikhil Somani says:

    First of all, i would like to express my condolences for Rohit’s family.
    Many problems have existed in our institute and one of the most important reasons for them being unsolved is that the students have never taken such drastic steps. The institute has started taking students for granted. The attitude of Security persons, hospital staff and even mess workers towards the students is inappropriate. It is time we make them realise our power and worth. We have been adjusting to the sub-standard hostel and mess facilities in the campus for a long time, but this is the limit. We need to raise our voice against this and ensure that it is heard.

  53. Dr Tapojyoti Das says:

    As an MBBS graduate myself and a student of Masters in Medical Science and Technology here, I am aware of the situation as I have to do some duties at BCRTH and the hostels according to our curriculum. So it is my duty to comment on this forum.

    What irregularities i found out:

    1. After treating students at the hostels the medicine slip needs to be countersigned by some Medical Officer at the BCRTH before the pharmacy accepts it. This leads to more harassment of the fellow students who mostly land up buying medicines from the open market. Also, is this system fair to the prescribing doctor?

    2. In a diarrhea case you won’t get ORS, costing Rs.10-15 from the pharmacy which, according to the WHO, should be the primary care available to all centres! However, you will get some antibiotics that might had cost you a couple of hundreds, but which mostly has no value in ordinary diarrhea.

    3. There are no proper quality disposable suture materials prefitted with needles available for stitches.

    4. and lots more…

    Anyways, I might suggest some interventions that might benefit us all:

    1. A multi-speciality hospital that Dr.Kalam had laid the foundation stone many years back, but little progress thereafter, is to be put in urgent motion.

    2. This hospital should be, in part, open to the general public and the rest should be reserved for IIT students and staff. (You might say why should it be open to all. A specialist or superspecialist physician or surgeon would not stay here without getting adequate no. of cases, even if you give him ten times his ordinary salary for that). The general public should be charged reasonably to get treatment.

    3. Apart from well equipped ambulances (with defibrillators etc) there should be appointment of trained paramedics who wil accompany the patient in their critical time. In any advanced country the paramedics are trained in basic life support which is critical for the patient before reaching hospital.

    4. A teaching hospital for MBBS and PG studies is needed at the campus urgently as medicine and technology fields are merging rapidly and it would solve this problem too.

    5. A proper monitoring system.

    …And some innovative ideas that I didnt find quite appealing:

    1. The air-ambulance service: If there is not even a proper primary care at the institute how can one think of these extravagant ideas? If it exists, it should be there for only the most critical cases.

    2. Recruiting more specialists, e.g. Neurosurgeon, full time: What can he do without a proper neurosurgery OT? Even then he’d get probably one case to operate every 5 years!, unless the hospital is opened to general public.

    To survive in a remote area like Kharagpur, you need to be fully equipped and not rely on some good hospital 150km away in Kolkata.

    Any more suggestions, anyone?

  54. Manish Kumar says:

    No words for “Rohit and his family”.

    Whatever happened today, was necessary (except entering into the Diro’s house, breaking TV, Comp etc. We must behave as a sincere person.). The administration must know that we have also emotions. And I request all students to continue this protest until our demands get fulfilled. But please, do it in a write manner. Abusing a person, who is as old as our father, is not good.

    So, I request you all to continue the protest. But always keep in mind, what you are protesting for and what do you want?

  55. Subhendu Bhowal says:

    This is extremely unfortunate. But still more appalling is the way students behaved. That students have thrown stones and have demonstrated violent agitation is going to portray KGP in a very bad light. Please refrain from that.

  56. rishi rahul says:

    This is such a issue in which we have give constant for our cause ..not this ki aaj 2 din khub josh ..phir 4 din baat every one forgets..imagine yourself in place of him/his friend who was with him while he was taking his last breath.. is it our expectation from india’s one of the highly funded institution.. here we dont have security of our health then what do we expect from insti..

    finally its our issue we have to rise for our cause.despite of funds from govt. we also have funds from alumini..where do these funds go?
    new library?new hostel?? are they more important than hospital..

    may god keep him happy in his new world…

  57. nitin says:

    today was a very sad day in the history of IIT’s. Rohit…may his soul rest in peace.i hope that the administration realize the need of a fully equipped and professional hospital in the campus and take evasive actions as soon as possible.

  58. onemore says:

    yeah right… you sound like one of those IIT kgp PRO’s who are concerned about ‘KGP’s image’ rather than student lives. It was waiting to happen. I am not trying to justify violence here but you do need to raise hell to wake up these kumbhkarans

  59. Shankha says:

    A change in infrastructure is a must. Changing director is fine but can the life be brought back? What will his parents’ live for? Are these people in the concerned authority humans? Its time to change all and only we can do that. These old mongrels will never let anything change for the better. My heartfelt condolences for Rohit’s parents.

  60. onemore says:

    It is important that the outcry does not die down. We should make sure that we keep the pressure on until we see the results. Force them to make the open house a regular scheduled affair where the administrators should give an update on the progress. It may also be done through others forums like say the schols ave itself. And why just the BC Roy we should keep a tab on everything happening in the insti.. Rohit’s unfortunate death must not go in vain.

  61. Pradeep Raju says:

    Yes,the outcry should not die down.It is a shame that these people are our teachers.We should see that there is transperancy everywhere.Where are all these funds going? 97 crores is not a small sum of money.Where is it now? Would this director who said that there have been similar deaths over the past fifteen years, say the very same words and console himself when his son or daughter dies in this very same fashion?

  62. Pradeep Raju says:

    And this f**king DOSA, the way he behaved in TOAT.This man,he sat so relaxed.And he says so simply that he was not here.Who would care if he is in the campus?Iam a first year student and I dont know how many years since he is the dosa. But what has he been doing all these years

  63. ANKIT says:

    DOSA had finally resigned!! But does that person was feeling a little bit of shame.There were students who had seen Rohit fighting for his life and then there were some who had heard the plea of a crying mother. Does these things still couldn’t move him. I am a bloody victim of his DC notice which he fondly issues against everyone w/o ever understanding the implications of a DC. Today, he was asked to answer over his negligence and everyone saw his attitude.These are the people who are looking after our welfare. I still remember that he said that he is imposing DC on me b’coz he was concerned that something may have happened to me outside the institute and that it his responsibility to ensure my(our) safety.But now when someone really need the help “inside” the institute, he was not to be found.Is this person not a burden for IIT system corrupting everything, taking undue benefit of his power and turning himself into a Dean of Sabotaging Affarirs.
    Shame on you DOSA, you lose all respect that you had as DEAN of IIT Kharagpur.

  64. J.Sai Deepak says:

    Dear Schols Av Team,
    First things first, I convey my sincere condolences to Rohit’s parents, relatives and friends. Second, the Schols Av team deserves more than just a nominal pat on the back for this display of “vertebracy”, which is inline with true journalistic spirit-Way to Go Guys! Third, Fie Upon Those Wretched People Responsible for Rohit’s Death and May you be Damned For It! Having said that, now, to the core issue at hand…this most tragic of “mishaps” is not a one-off incident for it is annoyingly consistent with the “track record” (for lack of a better word or my knowledge of it) of not just this administration, but earlier administrations as well, with the only difference being in the degree of callousness and impetuous impunity with which the officialdom has come to treat students and IIT as its personal fiefdom. No, I have no issues with the 11PM rule, no, I have no issues with the authorities playing the Big Brother between a boy and a girl and no I have no issues with the ban on motorized two-wheelers. Compared to what has happened on March 22, 2009 these are but non-issues and to raise them at this sad hour would be a gross insult to the seriousness of the situation. The true problem is as systemic, as endemic and as nauseatingly noxious as is the case with any other Indian institution (and I use this term in the broadest sense possible) – deep-rooted corruption and lack of accountability right from the top to the bottom and a love for the damned Red Tape (It has to trickle from the top, there is no point in letting go off a pachyderm’s body and holding it by its mockery of a tail). Be it hall accounts, mess contracts, projects, you name it, every pore and every inch of the administration is covered in sleaze and grease and anyone who points it out is hounded, harangued and hanged (that is, AFTER being drawn and quartered in true 18th century English tradition). The response from the students to what happened was by no means or standards wrong and I shall stand by it, come what may. If anyone has the gall (or something which rhymes with gall) or the gumption or guts (or something which rhymes with guts) to pontificate on “discipline” and “civil behaviour”, I dare him to do that before Rohit’s parents and I dare him to do that at God’s Acre- The Crematorium. The reaction of the students was mild to say the least; had this been a college in the hinterland of this nation or for that matter any normal arts college, the people responsible would have thanked the planetary positions when they popped out of their mother’s wombs for having escaped unscathed. However, I strongly recommend that this issue be not left at mere resignation of those responsible because this is no more just a disciplinary or administrative matter; the moment Rohit breathed his last, the issue has taken a life of its own and has to be settled in and by a Court of law and the people’s Court as well- the media. So I request those eager bleeding hearts which are ever-ready for signature campaigns and candle-light vigils for the lousiest and flimsiest of causes to lend their efforts for a pleasant change, to a good and worthy cause.

    Bests,
    J.Sai Deepak.
    Final Year LL.B.
    RGSOIPL, IIT Kgp.

  65. Wake up says:

    Friends………..This is the right time to wake up from sleep. We are in the swami Vivekananda’s holy earth, and let us follow his words…. Arise, awake, and stop not till your goal is reached. My sincere request to you all is please, please and please wake up. Whatever has happened to our friend might happen to anyone of us. So let us not allow it to happen. Having an airport in the campus will not solve the problem. Neither a shop to sell medicines and not even a 5 star imported vehicle. What we want is a basic hospital. Let me just quote the US Department of Defence definition of basic hospital, “A medical treatment facility capable of providing inpatient care. It is appropriately staffed and equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services, as well as the necessary supporting services required to perform its assigned mission and functions. A hospital may, in addition, discharge the functions of a clinic”. Unfortunately what we have here is only the last component, i. e., the clinic, and that too probably not to fullest extent. Friends, let us not only make the helpless hospital staff responsible for this. I call them helpless because, how can one doctor alone handle emergency services, in-patient, and ICU for the entire day and night. We have to make the administration accountable for this. Only the title of the hospital bears ‘technology’, which has reached absolute zero inside. Friends, can you imagine that the richest IIT is lacking funds (?) to have a basic CT scanner in the hospital. Is this the ignorance, or negligence or carelessness of the administration? What happened to the multispecialty hospital founded by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam? Nobody in the campus even knows which garbage in the campus has this foundation stone. Isn’t this an insult to the great man? Following is the main page article titled “IIT to build a hospital” published in ‘Telegraph’, exactly three years before. Please go through the words of the then director, “It will be an international standard hospital with state-of-the-art technological facilities. Our target is to have it functioning by 2008 and we hope to start the medical college by 2009”. We if we don’t stick to our target we are sure to find one more front page note in the same newspaper, the only difference would be changes in the dates and names of few characters, and nothing else. So, friends, I again repeat…. Let us arise, awake, and stop not till your goal is reached.

    The Telegraph

    Wednesday, March 22, 2006

    IIT to build a hospital
    NARESH JANA
    Kharagpur, March 21: IIT Kharagpur has decided to set up a super-speciality hospital close to its campus, with plans to develop it into a full-fledged medical college.
    The 400-bed hospital will be coming up at Hijli, about 125 km from Calcutta, and will cost Rs 500 crore. It has been given the go-ahead by the HRD ministry and is scheduled to open its doors by 2008.
    “It will be an international standard hospital with state-of-the-art technological facilities. Our target is to have it functioning by 2008 and we hope to start the medical college by 2009,” IIT Kharagpur director Sisir Kumar Dube said.
    A 300-acre plot owned by the institute has been earmarked for the project, he said. A committee with members from the institute’s departments will soon be set up to get the project going.
    “We expect funds from the HRD ministry, the Union government’s department of biotechnology and IIT Kharagpur’s alumni spread across the country and abroad. We have also decided to mobilise a part of the funds ourselves,” Dube said.
    The idea to set up such a hospital germinated from the needs of the institute’s School of Medical Science and Technology (SMST), where students are taught all about medical instruments and allowed to do research on developing low-cost equipment.
    An IIT official said SMST was set up to ensure that huge sums of money were not spent on importing medical equipment. In the process of running the school, the lack of a hospital was felt.
    “While going ahead with SMST, we realised that in the interest of research and development, we need a full-fledged hospital with modern infrastructure,” SMST head of department P.P. Chakraborty said.
    The proposed hospital would try to bring together expertise in several fields under one roof, an official said. Emphasis would be on robot surgery, telesurgery, rehabilitation surgery, telemedicine, preventive medicine, cardiology, radiology and oncology.
    “There are hospitals dedicated to treatment of heart, kidney, cancer, eye or neurological disorders. But we want to build up super speciality in a large number of areas. We want to emerge as out of the ordinary,” Chakraborty said.

    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1060322/asp/frontpage/story_5998168.asp

  66. Abhishek Halder says:

    What has happened is really sad and the grief can’t be expressed in words. Nothing can account for the lose of a budding life. It has been long since concerns have been voiced about the dismal conditions of B.C. Roy hospital. But this incident has shown the continuing negligence and alarming indifference in the attitude of the IIT Kgp authority. Why should a parent send his/her child to a residential institute which can’t even ensure the basic medical facilities? As an alumni, I feel shocked. Amid all shameless clamors of the authority to prove their ‘points’, I just want to mention that when my peers express their wonder on how such an incident can happen at a premeir educational institute in India, I can give no answer. I hope that doesn’t make the authority feel proud too!

  67. Sahir says:

    Dear Friends,
    The ego that exists among the administration and the pride for the powers they relish, has led to the loss of one of our mates. It is the power they have been given that has made them corrupt and insignificant towards sentiments. With fine examples of our dearly beloved DOSA and diro, the IIT administration leaves us no hope in the system or the future. Wonder what their own children think of them. With none in the system to trust or to depend on, we are in a fix as these creatures would keep come back in some or the other form in this unchangeable system.
    All they needed to know is that whatever they think of us,the student community also “exists” and that it won’t rest a bit until each and every one of them are put to justice. So a word to them as they sit back on their couches and relax, God is watching all of this!!!

  68. Wake up says:

    Friends………..This is the right time to wake up from sleep. We are in the swami Vivekananda’s holy earth, and let us follow his words…. Arise, awake, and stop not till your goal is reached. My sincere request to you all is please, please and please wake up. Whatever has happened to our friend might happen to anyone of us. So let us not allow it to happen. Having an airport in the campus will not solve the problem. Neither a shop to sell medicines and not even a 5 star imported vehicle. What we want is a basic hospital. Let me just quote the US Department of Defence definition of basic hospital, “A medical treatment facility capable of providing inpatient care. It is appropriately staffed and equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services, as well as the necessary supporting services required to perform its assigned mission and functions. A hospital may, in addition, discharge the functions of a clinic”. Unfortunately what we have here is only the last component, i. e., the clinic, and that too probably not to fullest extent. Friends, let us not only make the helpless hospital staff responsible for this. I call them helpless because, how can one doctor alone handle emergency services, in-patient, and ICU for the entire day and night. We have to make the administration accountable for this. Only the title of the hospital bears ‘technology’, which has reached absolute zero inside. Friends, can you imagine that the richest IIT is lacking funds (?) to have a basic CT scanner in the hospital. Is this the ignorance, or negligence or carelessness of the administration? What happened to the multispecialty hospital founded by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam? Nobody in the campus even knows which garbage in the campus has this foundation stone. Isn’t this an insult to the great man? Following is the main page article titled “IIT to build a hospital” published in ‘Telegraph’, exactly three years before. Please go through the words of the then director, “It will be an international standard hospital with state-of-the-art technological facilities. Our target is to have it functioning by 2008 and we hope to start the medical college by 2009”. We if we don’t stick to our target we are sure to find one more front page note in the same newspaper, the only difference would be changes in the dates and names of few characters, and nothing else. So, friends, I again repeat…. Let us arise, awake, and stop not till your goal is reached.

  69. Wake up says:

    The telegraph

    Wednesday, March 22, 2006

    IIT to build a hospital
    NARESH JANA
    Kharagpur, March 21: IIT Kharagpur has decided to set up a super-speciality hospital close to its campus, with plans to develop it into a full-fledged medical college.
    The 400-bed hospital will be coming up at Hijli, about 125 km from Calcutta, and will cost Rs 500 crore. It has been given the go-ahead by the HRD ministry and is scheduled to open its doors by 2008.
    “It will be an international standard hospital with state-of-the-art technological facilities. Our target is to have it functioning by 2008 and we hope to start the medical college by 2009,” IIT Kharagpur director Sisir Kumar Dube said.
    A 300-acre plot owned by the institute has been earmarked for the project, he said. A committee with members from the institute’s departments will soon be set up to get the project going.
    “We expect funds from the HRD ministry, the Union government’s department of biotechnology and IIT Kharagpur’s alumni spread across the country and abroad. We have also decided to mobilise a part of the funds ourselves,” Dube said.
    The idea to set up such a hospital germinated from the needs of the institute’s School of Medical Science and Technology (SMST), where students are taught all about medical instruments and allowed to do research on developing low-cost equipment.
    An IIT official said SMST was set up to ensure that huge sums of money were not spent on importing medical equipment. In the process of running the school, the lack of a hospital was felt.
    “While going ahead with SMST, we realised that in the interest of research and development, we need a full-fledged hospital with modern infrastructure,” SMST head of department P.P. Chakraborty said.
    The proposed hospital would try to bring together expertise in several fields under one roof, an official said. Emphasis would be on robot surgery, telesurgery, rehabilitation surgery, telemedicine, preventive medicine, cardiology, radiology and oncology.
    “There are hospitals dedicated to treatment of heart, kidney, cancer, eye or neurological disorders. But we want to build up super speciality in a large number of areas. We want to emerge as out of the ordinary,” Chakraborty said.

  70. Truth teller says:

    There is every chance that President rejects the resignation of the director. Let us all be prepared to face him again. One of the most corrupted directors IIT has seen. God only knows how much he has swallowed during constructing Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law. Starting up faltoo new departments are only his achievements here. Now he is even aiming to the directors chair of IIT Bhubaneswar. He will definately F**k that IIT if he goes there. God save IIT Bhubaneswar.

  71. Distraught says:

    Found tihs on a status essage

    First BCRoy article http://scholarsavenue.blogspot.com/2005_10_02_archive.html

  72. Errors in story says:

    Whoever wrote the story has made a major presumptuous error in it. The guy didn’t die because of the injury he sustained when he fell of the rickshaw. He had fits when he fell of the rickshaw and subsequently they diagnosed his condition as epilepsy and referred him to a hospital in Kolkata.

    Please be more responsible in your reporting, atleast in such sensitive issues.

    • asstEditor says:

      Dear Lola (comment above),
      We made it a point to double check the facts leading upto Rohit’s accident. The report doesn’t mention that the head injury caused by his fall was the only cause of death. Epileplsy is being talked about, but we have statements from Rohit’s wingies stating that he was not epileptic, so there are doubts here too. Please remember that this was a preliminary report compiled just after the issue came to light. An updated report with corrected facts would be put up soon.

      Regards
      Asst editor, Scholsave

  73. Amrita says:

    The director should be sacked ASAP. Infact sack the whole authority !! Are they even human being ? Death of a student is nothing to them ? They are just trying to cover their own asses. Seriously they don’t have any interest of the well being of students, be it proper health care or proper study guide. They are only interested in filling up their own pocket!! Shame on them. If the Diro is even 1% of a man he should resign by himself, not forcefully by the students. But wonder whether he has the guts to admit the administrator fault. We should kick all of them out of the campus immediately.
    My condolence to Rohit’s family. May God bless them and help them in this tough situation.

  74. Manish Kumar says:

    By the way, Rohit’s family has declared that ROHIT WASN’T EPILEPTIC. He was from Sainik School, Tilaiya and many of his friends are here in IIT KGP who were with him for last 10-12 years. They are saying that Rohit wasn’t epileptic. This is high-level poltu from IIT Administration side.

  75. Ankur Gupta says:

    Hi,

    I deeply express my respects for late Rohit Kumar and earnestly urge the ever growing IIT-kgp community to step in and make some benchmark decisions…. The way I see it and the way it has always been in our country, if things are not done in the heat of the moment, they are ALWAYS forgotten… call it our lack of thrust or our mentality, but thats how it is!!…. so why not do what we still can??? I recommend boycott of all classes, campus events, college activities, student-inductry relations etc.. basically a complete shut down.. until the authorities agree to the need of providing BASIC health care needs… calling a hospital’s day ‘off’ on a Sunday is simply unacceptable and should be brought to light!!.. Life has lost its value in India… lets try and make a change at least in your campus..

    Regards

    Ankur Gupta
    Manufacturing Engineer
    Schlumberger-USA

  76. k says:

    Its really unfortunate that the incident happened and that too on a date on which just three years ago.
    The telegraph

    Wednesday, March 22, 2006

    IIT to build a hospital
    NARESH JANA
    Kharagpur, March 21: IIT Kharagpur has decided to set up a super-speciality hospital close to its campus…“It will be an international standard hospital with state-of-the-art technological facilities. Our target is to have it functioning by 2008 and we hope to start the medical college by 2009,” IIT Kharagpur director Sisir Kumar Dube said.”…

    And now what flashes on the newspapers…”IIT students gheraoed diro’s house” and some even term us as hooligans.Don’t they have pity on us to to understand under which conditions we went on upto this step, when the authorites are not there even to address us, and make irresponsible comments like filing a case against “culprit” and suspending the doctor…

    RATHER THAN NOT GOING TO CLASSES TOMORROW we should go to our classes and talk to our professors to let them know about the exact scenario and not just rely upon the newspapers.WE SHOULDNOT GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO THINK THAT WE ARE HAPPY FOR GETTING A DAY-OFF FROM STUDIES AND GOT A CAHNCE TO BUNK THE CLASSES.

    i would like to urge to all the people to please go to their respective department and professors. If they care for us they also must be waiting for us to talk to them.

    May god bless rohit’s soul and keep him happy nw :(

  77. kunal sinha says:

    this is really a socking experience . the responsible administration should be kicked off and put behind the bars for their irresponsible as well as lazy behavior. those bunch of asshole should know no students life is so cheap to be wasted for their negligence. i must add that we people should not compromise with those people.

    my condolence to rohit’s family as well as all who were the part of his life. May heavenly father bless them in their tough situation.

  78. Anshu says:

    This is sad. I had hoped that after 17 years – when I was at KGP and almost died thanks to BC Roy Hospital – that we would be better off.

    I am really saddened by this. I hope this never happens again. Finally, we can get our house in order.

  79. shashi says:

    Administration…staffs….doctors…all of them should be burnt to the hell….a family send his son/daughter here entrusting the fact that he/she is going to be taken care of the professors/subordinates here…and this is the way they get paid back..!!
    I think getting resignations after resignations is not going to help…the whole system is a bunch of useless creatures and they have only one fate…nuke d whole system up…shut down everything…afterall what’s the use of them if they do not care for the ones who are the root cause of this whole infrastructure…the whole system…we…the students..!

    damn them….they all deserve this…and i don;t think they are kind of humans who have some humanity in them….those demons are the most dangerous creatures to be with….kik them all…kik them all to make them realise they are just bunch of some ugly shit!! :X :X :X

  80. devashish says:

    Friend’s we should not let the administration go just by setting up an enquiry, which will end up in nothing more than a ****ing paper report as it happens in India.
    Rather we should go for a case against the incharge of B.C. Roy hospital, only this can insure the justice and find the real culprit sooner or later.

    One more thing I would like to say why do we need ambulances at all. Even if we will have ambulances the critical 2 hrs. to kolkata will prove fatal for serious patients.The facility here should be non other like AIIMS and APPLOLO which is followed in other IIT’s.
    Hereby, we should demand to convert B.C Roy as a branch of APPOLO or AIIMS and there should be an aircraft at least, even if not own but of airforce units of salua and kalaikunda to take the serious ones to kolkata immediately and not by ****ing roadways which will take away the precious time of the patient.
    Please put forward this idea and let us protest daily until the demand is fulfilled, or you may be the next rohit.

  81. shashi says:

    i just feel full of regret when i remember the “giggling” of directors and professors in front of the people gathered in front of diro’s house…how can he be so shameless to giggle around on such a topic..what the hell did he think of himself back then…i guess he deserved more than what he recieved..! :X

    n in the open house meeting in TOAT…the professors on the stage….they were like in a “tashan”…i dont remember if i could see a feeling of “REAL REGRET” in any of them….And yet they expect that they should be respected by the students…?
    fuck the respect….they are not even like the ones to show they faces to us…God knows how these bunch of fellows claim to be the part of the so called “one of the Best” institution of India..!

    hunh!!

  82. salil says:

    we as a student community should stand united in this kind of crisis. we wont tolerate any more victimization of students. many mistakes has already been happened, its time for authorities to act. the way professors acted was not only foolish but insulting. the way dean of student affairs sat on chair at toat was an insult to late rohit. we are not satisfied with resignations, we want actions that would ensure no such event happens after wards.

    no ban or any kind of thing on any student or organization should be tolerated and we will all stand united for it

  83. Sam says:

    This is indeed very sad and I hope the authorities re-look at every student facilities, not only at the hospital. For example, the levels of hygiene maintained at hostel messes and many in campus restaurants are ridiculous, which may lead to a full blown epidemic any time!

    However, I would urge the students to not resort to hooliganism which may very well dilute your causes – take it from a fellow alumni!

  84. Sridhar says:

    Very sad day indeed. May Rohit’s soul rest in peace….and how come IIT authorities saying that he is epileptic. Do they have any proof? Do they have the student’s prior medical history. If not they should shut the F*** up.

    Some years back, I remember reading an article in Scholars avenue which highlighted the state of affairs in BC Roy Hospital. It was a fine & truthful article…but IIT authorities rather than taking corrective measures banned ScholAve for 2-3 months. Our doctors are so irresponsible & very mediocre…. some MMST students who are MBBS doctors are far far better than these full-time doctors.
    For every ailment BC Roy doctors have a standard set of medicines: Antibiotics, vitamin supplements and some pain killers.

    We need change and this change should be quick.

  85. Sutirtha says:

    Hi readers,
    I, Sutirtha Bhattacharjee, a student in RGS of Intellectual Property Law, IIT, KGP had visited BC Roy on THursday 19th March complaining of HEadache, sleeplessness, weakness in the limbs due to work-related stress. The doctor had advised me to have a check-up with the consultant who visits on Mondays and Wednesdays only. I asked for an option: to let me visit the Consultant who is based in Medinipur OR to get myself admitted on Sunday/MOnday ie 22nd/23rd before the check-up and then follow what the Consultant decides. BUT THE ON-DUTY DOCTOR ADMITTED ME N KEPT ME UNDER 24-HRS SECURITY. I am to be handed-over once my parents arrive or when the doctor deems so. MY parents are old and will have to travel a lot which is why i have asked them to wait till MOnday. In the present situation of the hospital, I would request all to suggest what is my best option?

  86. Ranjitha says:

    It was disgusting to watch the Director holed up in his bungalow, whimpering like a coward when it was the time for him to take responsibility for this sad and easily preventable death. Yesterday’s open house session brought to the fore the real focus of the administration in Kharagpur : to shift the blame and stay safe. They revel in their incompetence, and their sheer insensitivity to the palpable shock and grief of the thousands who had gathered yesterday was what converted that grief into sheer anger. We have all been mistreated at B C Roy hospital at some level at some point of time and the idea that the very same negligence led to the death of one of our own is very hard to take in. I hope that yesterday brought home to the authorities that we, as a student community, will not sit still and watch while they play their stupid games.

  87. Abc says:

    It was highly frustrating to see the attitude of dosa and deputy director…the words spoken are enough for outrage “what’s the big deal”,”this is not a big issue”..the dosa after resignation was sitting arms folded behind his head and legs stretched outwards….this speaks a lot of attitute of insti admin

  88. vivek says:

    Seriously, this was really the worst of all! B. C. roy hospital’s facilities are just for show. The medical practitioner out there are none other than the govt. employees. Believe me, once i went to B. C. Roy for a medical certificate, it took me one week to be finally on the verge of it and finally doc told me to come on saturday and the doc would do it, and when i went there, it was a leave for them..wtf!! I had to do it from kgp straight hospital which did it in mere half an hour. This B. C. Roy needs attention. So much of negligence and peacemaaru attitude of the practitioner should be tought a lesson.This is not all, in my 1st yr, i had a small prob and they admitted me for a whole week. These are little craps which are really pathetic. Well, I am really sorry for this Rohit. i didn’t know him, but still being a kgpian, he will be remembered forever. May your soul rest in peace. Hoping for some reforms now!!

  89. Debnath says:

    Wats Is so disheartening to see that it took someone’s life to make us come to our senses that this “Hospital” needs reform.. many Hav complained about in the past but only in Inner quarters…
    Kgpians Now must think forward to Ensure that these Kind of sad incidents do not happen in the future.
    I sincerely pray for the departed soul and hope that he finds peace and solace now….

  90. Ankit says:

    yesterday’s Chairman of B.C Roy is today our Diro…..I am expecting much to be covered up

  91. saket chaudhary says:

    you know what, these doctors at BC roy are like quacks.they are so easy to deceive that NCC fellows easily get fake medical certificates from them complaining of headaches,nausea and these doctors just write down the drugs without even properly checking up.

  92. Zanger says:

    Firstly, to Rohit.. May your soul rest in peace, our thoughts go with you; to Rohit’s family and friends: May God give you the strength to face these tough circumstances.
    This has definitely not been the first time the lack of proper amenities in BCRTH has come to light, but this must come to an end now. Last year, as first years, new to the campus, I took an ill friend to the ‘hospital’ where she was refused treatment by the nurses because we didn’t have an I-card. The nurse refused even when we told her that we were first years and hadn’t yet been issued one. Later on speaking to a ‘doctor’ my friend was given treatment on producing the medical book.
    It is high time the authorities looked into this matter seriously.
    And it’s not just the unavailability of medical facilities, the reactions of our Director and Dean, Students’ Affairs have been most disturbing and unsettling. What’s the use of having a DOSA if he’s not interested in ‘Students’ Affairs’?? What does he think come under students’ affairs? Taking disciplinary action against students for petty stuff? And is it not the Director’s responsibility to see to it that the students are safe? Does he think that by ensuring we don’t go out after 11 pm ensures our safety?
    And in a place where so many sports are played, there’s no Orthopaedic?? A junior of mine who sprained an ankle while playing basketball was told at the BCRTH to ‘go get yourself a crepe bandage from the Tech Market’!

  93. anvesh says:

    @ 87th reply by Sutirtha:

    Can you use your MediAssist medical insurance in your case? The best thing would be to look up a nearby hospital which is covered by the insurance. There are N number of network hospitals in Kolkata. See page 14 of the handbook you got along with the insurance card. For example – Apollo Gleneagles Hospital – 033 23585211. All these network hospitals have “emergency hospitalisation” facility wherein the hospitals take care of your insurance, I guess.

    I also request others to opine.

  94. Lord says:

    This is really sad.. can’t express in words.

    In December 2008, a student from MMM hall had died due to inadequate medical facilities at BC Roy Hospital. Rohit’s case after that shows shear negligence of administration.
    I wish Administration to look into other matters which are also a matter of concern (like mess), no one wants heavy damage or loss for a action to be taken.

  95. Ashish says:

    Heartfelt condolences to Rohit’s family and friends.

    As alumni I know the kind of infra that exists in BC Roy Hospital and the lax attitude of the staff there. Never imagined that something like this could happen.. but obviously that is what hospitals are for.. to handle emergencies.

    The attitude of professors and especially the DOA’s and DOSA’s is shocking. More than that the fact that no prof. from the electrical engg. dept or the hostel warden seems to have provided support to the students during those critical four hours.

    BC Roy was a festering disease filled sham for a hospital and I see that it continues to be so. Its too late for Rohit but the alumni (including me) who are much better placed to presurize the institute need to come forth, ensure that enough funds are allocated for its modernization and more than that change the mental make up of the staff there who seem to value their afternoon sleep over the life of a student.

  96. amrita says:

    It is in deep mourning of Rohit , who passed away yesterday, that I put my words in this blog. It was heart wrenching to hear of the circumstances under which he expired. It is unfortunate that any of us on this campus had to see such a day. May God help bring peace to Rohit, his family, friends and all of us. What is further disappointing is to read a completely off focused story about the incident in the media. Headlines that are actually being placed as “IIT Kharagpur students gherao director”,22nd Mar 2009, The Times of India. Friends, I believe our rage is reflecting the image that is not helping our cause. We need to bring the right matters to light.
    What we need to realize is that it is easy to win a blame game and point fingers at others. But aren’t all of us guilty too, (to a certain extent) for having revolted against the lack of medical care late enough to have caused such damage. We need to remember this day and the violent urge that is in us today, to bring about the changes we desire, focusing on the right issues. Also it is important that the people beyond the campus get the right picture of the situation facing us.

  97. vishwas says:

    sad indeed….can’t even imagine how his parents must be feeling…

  98. ARU says:

    Hello whoever u all r,
    I understand the situation of administration, but y da hell there r so much funds being thrown for the sake of parties, functions. large amount of money is being spent for many useless functions, while neglecting those are necessary. B.C.Roy hospital contains many bastards. Even there are many fools around in the administrative deptt., who don’t know the value of life and don’t have a heart for innocent students. I’m doing Masters 1styr and will be leaving the campus next year. Have already heard many such incidents like Rohit’s, and wonder that why the campus is still unmaintained. Is there no money? Is there shortage of employment? Is there problem between administratives? No.!!! then why nothing is being done. Hell with it that I’ve joined at the wrong place, where even life isn’t precious for them. What happened yesterday night really made me proud. The guts of kgpians is enough to shake off any other IITs, but seems in vain at kgp only, as i already said there are only fools who don’t even know how to smile and say “Justice will be done right now and we promise to fulfil your demands”. At open house meeting on 22nd night at TOAT, I loved to hear the slogans “Maaro, maaro, maaro”, coz they deserve it, as they don’t know how it feels when you are in pain and there will no one to attend immediately within own campus.
    These administratives are very lucky that he is negotiating with IITians only and he is just safe. Otherwise he would have been slaughtered if he negotiated with other college students for such incidents.I hope the director remembers the pain he got during his tenure as BPUT vice-chancellor. Much worst incident. Next time, beware O’administratvies, beware. If anything such happens again, its your turn to sit at hell and say sorry to Rohit who is in heaven.
    Finally, condolescence to Rohit’s family.

  99. Bhaskar IITDelhi says:

    Condolescene to Rohit family. I pity at facilities at IITKgp. Dont forget this incident and all students must take a fruitful initiative to enforce adminintration of IITKgp to provide better facilities. All we toghther can do anything.

  100. Vishwa Mohan says:

    Deepest condolences to Rohit’s family. This is a loss no amount of promises can compensate. But, there is a shimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel. That we continue fighting this apathetic administration and continue to raise our voices when we find things can be better. The entire day can only be a nightmare and I wished I was someplace away. The fickleness of life hit me so hard yesterday. I had always felt that Kgpians as a unit could only write blogs and accuse people on DC mainchat when it came to protesting against something as basic as health. But, last day has finally broken all those misconceptions anyone might have. But, let’s not forget what this is all about. We must not let the administration’s diversionary actions into fooling us that justice is being met. An external inquiry committee is only as impartial as the administration would allow them to be. Let’s not make this protest a one time affair and settle down into our rhythmic lives in a few days. A fellow student’s death shouldn’t go in vain.

  101. IIT KGP says:

    Begin it from Scratch….

    Demolish Present BC ROy Hospital and then lets make a new Hospital in its place.

  102. Anand says:

    Hi all,
    It is very important for us to know all the actions taken in today’s meeting. So in my opinion all the students should be informed about all the actions via, the pages of scholars or by DC++ notice.

    Someone die, students protest, the managing committee resigns, a new managing committee will form and same event will occur again, is certainly not the aim of this protest. Students should know all the action planes and the timeline within which they will be taken place.

    There should be some forum where students can complain the director openly if he is not treated properly in B.C.Roy. The present stuffs of B.C.Roy are extremely corrupted and therefore they should be suspended. There are also doctors in B.C.Roy who bribe the compounders and therefore the compounders sends all the students only to the same doctor and if that doctor is not present then the compounders tell the students to wait for him, even though other doctors are free in their cabins.

    We can’t let it happen in such an institute.

  103. shankar says:

    May his soul rest in peace … whatever happened let it be the diro,dd or dosa’s resignation’s or all the rampage near diro’s house … what all students need now is a change in the administration… we dont want professors who teach their part in class and move on to the next to take part in this administration we want efficient managers amongst the professors for the job . they are the right key to the lock .. coming to BC roy hospital … let’s reform it .. lets change its entire form from each and every so called doctors and make OUR health system better .. common on friends this is our institute …. everyone over here works for us … so lets change this insti into what we want it to be ..

    P.S : but remember please dont be a bait to the hunters outside the institute waiting hungrily for news ….. lets solve this by ourselves

  104. sidharth says:

    its been 24 hours now to the incident……are we any better off ?

  105. Suraj Prakash says:

    May his soul rest in peace……we all know the condition of the B C ROY hospital ….7,000 students, 700 faculty members and 1,500 non-teaching staff — are dependent on BC Roy Technology Hospital that has 25 beds and seven doctors ……..the resigning of the diro, dosa and others were only to show that this is a big issue and can’t be resolved by mere promises and formation of committees….we all want result. we all want immediate reforms in B C ROY in both the administrative as well as the amenities provided. we will not settled until we get the exact time when our health system gets itself healthy ,when the hospital gets ambulances and the efficient doctors, and when our hospitals gets integrated with the top hospitals of atleast kolkatta and other nearby hospitals.

    i agree to shankar in not being a prey to the outside hunters who have an greedy eye on us.this whole matter must have an prominent presence of us.students.

  106. sidharth says:

    one request to schols ave……i wud request u guys to find out what is going on between the small group of students in touch with the DD and the regi at this point of time….there have been meetings yesterday and maybe today as well……i want to know what is going on over there…..

    i just hope that people in “privileged” positions just dont show a tendency of tiding thru this time…….

  107. Ashwani Kumar says:

    The BCR is really fucking shit. In my first year I received traction treatment in response of my back pain which was due to shitty food in our mess. I explained the whole problem to doctor whatever i was facing as all were related to shitty food he gave me separate treatment for each problem ( like long medical treatment for stomach, traction for back pain) when i complained for getting my condition worse due to traction they even refuse to leave me and forced me to stay and continue treatment even threaten of police complain and complain to warden in case i leave without permission. As i was in 1st year lack of any fundda i suffered in weekend and finally with some jugade i get rid of that fucking treatment, never visited it again.

  108. Rahul says:

    “Whats the Big Deal”
    PLz Highlight this great thinking also of our great Diro.

  109. prasoon says:

    halla bol!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  110. ajit says:

    Building a super specialty hospital is a lost dream instead of that we should focus on what we already have and how to improve that……
    1. There are few specialist doctors in kgp and in state hospital so as a start iit can appoint some of them to increase the no. of doctors and medical staff.
    2. A lot has to be done to improve the infrastructure for bc roy along with creating a trauma center.
    3. An internal complaint committee with proper student representation to register the complaints against the medical negligences and doctor’s misconducts.
    4 I think none of the students would hestitate to shed couple of thousands in semester fees for good medical care in iit.
    5 Authorities should seek help from west bengal and central govt. to upgrade the medical facility in state hospital.
    I think bc roy and state hospital share the burden we can have much better conditions.
    And in last i sincearly hope the willingness to fight against the wrong have been yesterday would go a long way not only on our institute but also against the corruption and backwardness prevailing over the country because of the good for nothing politicians

  111. foriegner says:

    wel,my word doznt matter much,bt does for those, for whome this incident is mattering too much,may b… inspiring to make a bigger newz,in retalliation.life cannot be brought back in doing so.no one was deliberately intentional behind all this.So guyz,please dont make it a big deal.IIT is a heritage to this country.So,try not to spoil even a bit of it ,further.(dont take it literally)

  112. rishi says:

    Reaction based actions are seen everywhere even with the case of security againt terrorism. Spending too much money for a state of the art hospital would seem very very correct in the current scenario.
    But if some arrangement of Chopper lifting (rental choppper) could be done then it would be life saving if BC Roy hasnt got the support system for certain cases.
    We talk about India being underdeveloped and all… and if u laugh at the idea of a chopper.. then ur not supporting the growth of india. In the U.S. if a dog is stuck in the floods, a chopper is there on the scene. We are talking about IIT-ians man!

  113. Jayanta Mukhopadhyay says:

    It’s one of the saddest moments of my life to hear about Rohit’s sad demise in such an unfortunate manner! My deepest condolence to Rohit’s family, parents and his friends! As we do not have any other forum to speak about this matter and share my views with the students, I would like to do so here, not only as a teacher but also as an alumnus of this Institute. I spent almost nine years as a student in the LLR Hall, incidentally the hall, where Rohit lived. I would like to share my grief with his hall mates.

    I was fortunate that I did not require any treatment from the hospital. In our days also, we did not have much faith either on the quality of care. I could not remember any specific instance of an interaction with our doctors, except in one visit with an intention of grabbing a medical certificate. The attending doctor also understood my requirement with a good heart. However, we were fortunate enough not to have similar incident in our time, which may be due to less number of students on those days.

    However, after I joined as a faculty, time and again, the poor infrastructure of the hospital came into its limelight due to chain of deaths of faculty, staff, their relatives in this Institute. Though it is rare (and may be sometimes not so apparent), a student’s death for the same reason is not unknown to us. After each death, we were alarmed and discussed about improving the condition of our hospital. The last one I could remember, which agitated many of us and also raised many of the questions similar in nature, is Prof. Santi Kal’s death last year. That time also, various measures were assured from the administration, however were quickly forgotten, as we got ourselves busy into our daily affairs.

    I also lost one of my dearest ones about twelve years ago due to lack of medical facility not only in BC Roy Hospital in particular, but also in Kharagpur and near by places. My father in law was visiting me on that day and his pace-maker failed suddenly. He required to be placed under an artificial heart-lungs machine, which was only available at hospitals of Calcutta. With some initial treatment at the Railway Hospital and after arranging an ambulance from the B C Roy Hospital, when we started, he was almost gasping and succumbed on his way. That was one of my horrific journeys from Kharagpur to Kolkata by road and I could feel for Rohit’s friends, who were with him during his last hours.

    About a few years ago, when there was a talk of setting up of a super-specialty hospital, we were all excited. In fact, President of India laid the foundation stone with much fan-fare. I do not know what prevented our administration to go ahead with the scheme. Many a time, then head of the SMST expressed his frustration in his inability to move the matter. Is it due to lack of money or lack of will or lack of belief that a technological Institute is capable of running a hospital? Whatever may be the case, I always felt that as Kharagpur is a remote place from the City, an Institute of National Importance should have additional responsibility for extending the advanced health-care, not only to its own community, but also to the people near-by.

    No words are sufficient for this deplorable situation. I feel ashamed when many of our students reported how indifferent was the initial reaction from their mentors. I only hope that the Institute policy makers will take a lesson from this incident and plan for building up necessary infrastructure and program for facilitating the tertiary health-care to its own community.

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