Goa: PG students at the Goa Dental College and Hospital have raised a demand for an increase in their stipend, and has intimated to the Health Departments for the same.
They have reportedly written an application to the Health Department clearly stating their demand for a higher stipend now.
Earlier in December 2015, even Health Department Undersecretary Sangeeta Porob has aked for the views of the Dean of the college with respect to students comments on their application along with a copy of the post-graduate stipend order, as per which the stipend is presently paid to them. Dr. Dr Anita Spadigam, Dean of Goa Dental College in response to the request has replied stating that students request in addition should be considered favourably. The Dean had submitted a reply on February 25, 2016 (in response to the Health Departments written request).
The reasons given by the Dean created a positive bent towards the issue. It highlighted that the students, as part of the course requirements, bear the cost of instruments, laptop, camera, procuring specific materials/conducting tests, attending PG conventions and conferences, publishing papers and printing posters and dissertation work. The PG students clearly stated that a monthly stipend of Rs 25,000 was inadequate for the purpose.
As reported by a website, “We would like to request an increase in the monthly post-graduate stipend on par with the Goa Medical College clinical post-graduate students,” read their application, which listed seven reasons, including a detailed list of payments to post-graduate dentistry students in government colleges across India. They used the list of payments to other government colleges to prove that they receive the lowest stipend compared to other government colleges.
“All over India, post-graduate students are called ‘Academic Junior Residents’, while the BDS degree holders working in institutes under a 1-year contract are called ‘Non-Academic Junior Residents’. The pay scale of all junior residents is the same (academic as well as non-academic) all over India. However, this is not the case in Goa. Point to be noticed here, the stipend of Post-Graduate students is much lower than the pay scale of the Junior Resident,” read their application, which requested that steps be taken to do away with the disparity in the pay scale.
The students, emphasizing on their point further implied that Goa is the only exception when it comes to the stipend of medical and dental PG students, who are paid equally across India. They have not received any increase in their stipend for the past three years.