Meerut: Almost a year after the controversial alumni bash of doctors held at Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College Hospital, the Uttar Pradesh Department of Medical Education and Training has issued a model code of conduct strictly mandatory for the state-run medical colleges to follow for carrying out any sort of event at the medical institutions’ premises.
In the said protocol list, the department has stringently barred consumption of liquor and use of drugs at these events at government medical colleges.
Confirming the same, TOI reports about the order issued by the Director General, Department of Medical Education and Training, Uttar Pradesh, Dr K K Gupta, which stated, “This is to inform you that a model code of conduct has been decided for state-run medical colleges and institutions for the period when functions or programmes are hosted by these establishments. A 15-point guideline has been issued, and heads of medical colleges should ensure that these are followed strictly.”
According to TOI, these guidelines issued by Dr Gupta further directed the event organizers for the medical colleges’ occasions as under:
- The organisers should ensure that attire of the artists and the students should be such that they don’t make others uncomfortable. It should also be checked that liquor or any kind of drugs are not consumed or distributed at these events. No person on the campus should keep a weapon during the function.
- A committee, comprising at least three members, will organize any programme at medical colleges across the state, and nobody at such functions should make any remark against any particular religion or caste. Loudspeakers, if used, should work only as per the Supreme Court guidelines.
- Videography of the entire event should be done and a copy of it should be sent to the authorities concerned
In December last year, Medical Dialogues had reported about the controversial silver jubilee celebration organized by the old school association at the Garh road premises of the medical college. The event was indeed controversial because during the event, all the respectable boundaries were genuinely crossed by the involved parties as the ambulances were seen ferrying cartons of liquor bottles to the venue of the get-together and Russian belly dancers swayed sensuously to foot tapping music to entertain alumni assembled to celebrate the event.
The principal-in-charge had caught unawares about the goings on at the medical college alumni meet and had ordered a departmental inquiry into the incident. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had also condemned the incident.
Not only this, in August 2018 200 cartons of liquor were found stocked illegally in the under construction private ward building of the medical college by the police on a tip-off. It was believed that the contractor Rajat Tyagi who owns two liquor shops near the medical college was using the room as a godown for liquor. Rajat Tyagi, when questioned, claimed the stock to be legal and said that it had been kept on the medical college premises to save it from the rains.
Now, to ensure that these types of notorious episodes don’t take their course again at any of the state-run medical colleges, the state medical education department has issued a set of guidelines.