As one of the most significant developments today, a host of professional and student bodies at TUTH have broken the silence and formally called the respective authorities to address the demands of Prof. Dr. Govinda K C--in fast unto death from yesterday--to save his life.
Among the bodies are National Resident Doctors' Association (NRDA), umbrella body of PG students, Free Student Union (FSU), the political umbrella body of the students, Nepal Medical Students' Society (NMSS), another elected body of the medical students, Madhesh Students' Forum (MSF), umbrella body of the Madheshi students in the institution and Democratic Professors' Association (DPA), a body of professors.
While the language is slightly different in each of the release, the message is nearly the same.
Also, the student bodies have clearly deplored the incident of vigilante groups trying to disrupt Dr K C's program yesterday. Nepal Student Union (NSU) in particular was very unequivocal in condemning the hooliganism as the goons had mentioned that they had been sent there by NSU to 'support Dr. Shashi Sharma'.
Conspicuous by their silence in the whole issue were the Faculty Doctors' Association (FDA) and Nepal Professor's Association (NPA), both bodies which were engaged very actively during the earlier fasts of Dr. K C.
Earlier in the day, the controversial new Dean Dr. Shashi Sharma formally took the office with extravaganza bordering to drama in which some nursing staffs, employees and some doctors were waiting with garland to welcome him. To make it most ironic, a rabble-rouser doctor who had last year announced to 'burn himself to death' if Dr. KC's demands were not met, was restlessly waiting in the sun to welcome Dr. Sharma.
A no. of TUTH employees who had reportedly landed in lucrative positions in the to-be-affiliated Manmohan Medical Colleges were celebrating the occasion with red Tika.
A mass meeting of the students of both UG and PG levels also decided to form a core group to effectively coordinate the efforts to save life of Dr. Govinda K C. The group is going to consist of representatives from all the significant bodies including the NRDA, FSU, NMSS, MSF, etc.
While he was reportedly mild in his manner in the first day at office and asked for help of everyone to run the institution, Dr. Shashi Sharma practically faces the stark choice: face Dr. K C's demands reasonably in time and step down honorably making way for seniority/merit based appointment or try to discredit Dr. K C, put his life at risk and try to run the institution for as many days as possible with help of goons and a handful of sycophants.
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