The government of Tamil Nadu on Sunday released the dean of a state-run university, Madurai Medical College, after a Sanskrit oath replaced the traditional Hippocratic oath during the inaugural function for freshmen held at the university on Saturday.
The Dean A. Rathinavel has been relieved of his position and has been placed in the “vacancy reserve”. Though it strongly condemns the move to replace the traditional oath with the Maharishi Charak Shapath, the state government said in a statement that the Madurai Medical College dean is on the waiting list. The statement also said there will also be a departmental inquiry into how the change took place.
Speaking to DailyExpertNews News18, Dean Rathinavel said before the government action, the students had no contact with the administration before taking the oath. “The teachers or the administration were not informed before the oath was taken. The secretary of the student cabinet, without consulting teachers or administration, took the oath on seeing the website of the National Medical Commission…”
Minister of Finance Dr. P Thiaga Rajan and Trade Taxes Minister Moorthy attended the ceremony and were reportedly shocked by the change in the tradition of taking oaths.
The government statement also clarified that future positions in medical colleges and hospitals should ensure that the Hippocratic Oath is followed. Meanwhile, the Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ma. Subramanian has asked Director of Medical Education (DME) R. Narayanababu to initiate a departmental investigation.
The National Medical Commission (NMC) had recently recommended that the Hippocratic Oath be replaced with the ‘Maharishi Charak Shapath’, which drew criticism from various quarters, including the medical fraternity. Issues about the imposition of Hindi have been popping up in Tamil Nadu political circles lately. On Saturday, DK leader K Veeramani led a large march in Chennai in opposition to the Center’s alleged attempts to impose Hindi on non-Hindi-speaking states.
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