Dehradun: The recent protest staged by the MBBS students of the Government Doon Medical College and Hospital after allegedly being flunked in anatomy practicals by the HoD, Anatomy finally concluded in better results. The college recently announced that the practical exams will be re-conducted in the month of January at the department of anatomy for the students who flunked the previous exam.
Four external examiners from outside the state will now conduct the examination. The vice chancellor of Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Uttarakhand Medical Education University (HNBMEU) Hem Chandra has asked students to finalize a date between January 5 and 10 for the exams.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that the agitation ensued after 40 out of 52 students of the 2017 batch, who appeared for supplementary exams, were failed in anatomy practicals, even though they scored good marks in the theory part. The students, who were failed, would have to repeat the year back.
In their written complaint to the HNBUMEU, which runs the medical college; the agitating MBBS students alleged that the Head of Department (HoD), Anatomy, has “deliberately” failed them in the practicals due to personal reasons. They have stated that the results are “intensely manipulated”. Other MBBS students of the medical college also joined the protest extending their support.
In June, 150 second-year MBBS students had appeared for the annual examinations, of which 52 had failed in theory as well as practicals. Accordingly, in August, these 52 students appeared for the supplementary examinations. While they all passed the written test, 40 flunked in the practicals and were given a year back. The students stated that they were failed by just one or two marks.
Noting the seriousness of the matter, the university had constituted a five-member inquiry committee. The committee comprised of the Director of the Medical Education Department, Principals of Haldwani Medical College, Srinagar Medical College and upcoming Almora Medical College, along with HNBUMEU’s controller of examination.
A senior official of the Medical Education Department told that the practical examinations are conducted by a team of two internal and two external examiners. “It is a matter of surprise how all the examiners concurred on flunking the students by just one or two marks. If the students are alleging that a senior professor was biased against them, did the remaining three professors simply agree to whatever marks he gave and never felt like opposing his decision?”
As of Now, Vijay Juyal, exam controller of Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Uttarakhand Medical Education (HNBMEU) University, which administers the college, confirmed to TOI that practical examinations would be reconducted.