Gurugram: Controversy has surrounded the mass failure of MBBS students at Bhagat Phool Singh Women’s Medical College, popularly known as Ms World 2017 Manushi Chiller’s medical college, after over 31 final-year MBBS students failed in the practical examination of Internal Medicine subject in December last year.
Following the declaration of their results, most of these aggrieved students allegedly fell into depression and developed suicidal tendencies as many of them are academically brilliant and never had to repeat any exam during their entire course. Now, this failure has proved to be a rude shock to them.
Consequently, the disappointed MBBS students alleged casteism and bias against them. Certain parents approached the Haryana State Commission for Women, who has now taken serious cognition of the issue and sought a detailed report on the matter.
Highlighting the grievances submitted by the “failed” MBBS students, the officials at the commission have stated that the matter requires “urgent” intervention and “consideration” of authorities.
Preeti Bhardwaj, Vice-Chairperson of the State Women’s Commission told TOI, “Majority of the students who failed to clear the subject were academically brilliant, and never had to repeat any exam during their entire course. They had taken 18 exams through the years, and have never failed a practical in the past. This was bound to raise questions about the evaluation or assessment conducted by the department. Students even alleged personal biases on the basis of caste.”
After receiving the complaints from these students, the commission shot a letter to the Vice-Chancellor Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma, Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (Rohtak) Dr O P Kalra, seeking constitution of a committee to conduct a probe into the matter.
The commsion sought a report into the matter within five working days. The eight-page letter stated that students and their parents felt an indirect pressure on them. The MBBS students have also alleged “apparent and rampant” discrimination against them “in the form of caste and creed”.
“Because of this poor and dreadful result, many students have gone under depression. They have developed negative tendencies considering the bleakness of their future aspects within this medical college,” read the letter, reports The Hindu.
The commission suggested that the supplementary exam be held under the guidance and directions of the Vice-Chancellor and confidence-building measures be taken since the students and their juniors were depressed. It also recommended holding of gender sensitation programmes, among other things.
The commission’s chairperson Pratibha Suman told The Hindu that several students in the case had alleged harassment by the faculty in the wake of the complaint to the Commission.
Meanwhile, the medical college authorities claimed that they had given all details in this regard to the VC’s office.
The Bhagat Phool Singh Women’s Medical College had shot into fame when one of its alumni Manushi Chillar had won the coveted Miss World-2017 title.