New Delhi: A Delhi court has convicted four persons for assaulting doctors and damaging a government hospital property after one of their relatives was declared brought dead by them, observing that such incidents caused doctors and other staff to proceed on strikes demanding secure work environment. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Singh Rajawat sentenced Bablu, Imran, Nuru and Rashid to six months in jail for the offences under section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 427 (damage to public property by mischief) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. “The convicts by causing obstruction to the public servants in discharging their duty of attending to the patients in casualty have caused danger to the life of the patients who require immediate attention of the doctors and other staff in the casualty. “Moreover, the damaged to the defibrillator machine has not only caused to financial loss to the hospital but also resulted into the denial of use of said machine for treatment of the patients as defibrillator machine is a life saving device,” the court said in a recent order. According to the prosecution, in July 2007, one patient was brought to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) Hospital after being referred from Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital (BJRM) hospital. The doctors at the LNJP Hospital declared him dead on arrival. Following this, the relatives along with 20 other persons started arguing with the two attending doctors, assaulted them and damaged the defibrillator machine. The duty constable was called along with security staff and the situation was brought under control. A case was registered on the complaint of the chief medical officer of the hospital.
Kolkata: The state Higher Education department held a meeting to elicit opinion from the engineering institutions across the state, on bringing forward the dates for holding and publication of results of West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations.More than 40 percent seats in the engineering colleges across the state have remained vacant this year, as many of the students have migrated to institutions outside the state with the state JEE examination being held and results published much later than similar examinations in other states. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMajority of the officials present in the meeting proposed that the Joint Entrance examination should be held in February-March and results should be published in April-May, ahead of the results of state Higher Secondary Examinations. However, a senior official of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education pointed out that publication of JEE results before HS may not be a good idea as if a student seeks admission to a college after cracking JEE and fails to clear HS, then his/her admission will automatically be cancelled. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAn official of a reputed engineering institution in the state said that it is very rare that a student cracking JEE fails in the HS. “However, to ensure that there is no complexity, we may go for provisional admission,” the official reasoned. Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT Saikat Maitra said: “We should also make attempts to popularise the wide array of engineering courses that are offered in our state, so that students from other states are attracted to our colleges.” MAKAUT churns out around 35,000 graduates from its 90 engineering colleges and 110 professional colleges affiliated to it across the state. The meeting that was chaired by Principal Secretary Higher Education Manish Jain, was attended by representatives of Association of Professional Academic Institutions (APAI)-the sole representatives of all the self-financed engineering and technological institutions in Bengal, Jadavpur University, principals of a number of private engineering colleges and Chairman and Registrar of West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board. More meetings on this issue will follow as the department wants to make this effective right from the 2020 academic session.