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Medical college Principal shown the door
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar announces the suspension of Mr U.S. Dhaliwal, Principal, Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences, for his alleged dictatorial attitude towards students, in Amritsar
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar announces the suspension of Mr U.S. Dhaliwal, Principal, Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences, for his alleged dictatorial attitude towards students, in Amritsar on Friday.
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Amritsar, February 3
The SGPC president, Mr Avtar Singh, today placed Dr U.S. Dhaliwal, Principal, Guru Ram Dass Medical College, under suspension with immediate effect for indulging in unconstitutional acts.

Dr Dhaliwal is the third Principal in a row since the inception of the SGPC-run medical college in 1997 who has been removed unceremoniously. Earlier, Dr Hardyal Singh and Dr Surinder Singh Cheema were not allowed to complete their full term. Dr Dhaliwal, who was the lone elected member of the Medical Council of India, was replaced by Dr S.S. Walia, a senior professor of the college. Dr Dhaliwal had joined as Professor, Surgery, on August 19, 1998, and had served as Principal for more than five years. He was given extension by the then SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, after his superannuation.

The SGPC chief told mediapersons that a high-level probe had been ordered into the alleged misappropriations and irregularities committed by Dr Dhaliwal during his stint. He said the report of the sub committee, constituted by the SGPC would submit its report on time-bound basis. He alleged that Dr Dhaliwal had withdrawn his security deposits, amounting to about Rs 52,000, by writing a letter addressed to himself and then allowing the same in the capacity of Principal.

The SGPC chief alleged that Dr Dhaliwal misbehaved with Secretary Dalmegh Singh.

Interestingly, when asked that Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, a former Akali Minister, too had passed derogatory remarks against the secretary, he (SGPC chief) quipped that the leaders could say so. He alleged that Dr Dhaliwal was humiliating parents and students who used to visit his office to deposit their bank drafts/cheques as per the decision of the Shri Guru Ram Dass Trust. He said the last trust meeting had taken a decision to allow the students to deposit their dues in four yearly instalments.

Quoting the example of Mr Zora Singh Mann, an Akali MP the SGPC chief said he (Mr Mann) was not allowed to deposit the bank draft of his niece by Dr Dhaliwal yesterday. He alleged that Dr Dhaliwal addressed a press conference two days ago despite verbal orders that internal matters should not be made public.

The SGPC chief, however, said students should deposit their first instalment by Monday or strict action would be initiated against them.

Meanwhile, the officiating Principal, Dr Walia, alleged that the fee of the defaulting students could not be deposited today as Dr Dhaliwal had taken the file concerned to his house. However, Dr Dhaliwal said he had taken some personal files to his residence pertaining to certain court cases as he apprehended some action by the SGPC. He said he was punished for asking certain influential persons to deposit the fee of their wards and added that he had got minority status for the college.
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