SR Medical College: 11 MBBS students barred from taking University Exams for disrupting MCI inspection
Kerala: 11 MBBS students of SR Medical College have been barred from appearing in MBBS exams, in a move that has been termed by the medicos as revenge for making public the gross shortcomings at the medical college.
The college authorities, on the other hand, stated that the students have been barred on account of being short of attendance.
The examinations have already begun from July 23rd 2019. It has been alleged that the medical college authorities are targeting the 11 MBBS students for raising their voice against the wrongdoings of the institute. Medical Dialogues had earlier reported about the suspected "disciplinary action" that the students were about to be faced by the management for allegedly "disrupting MCI Inspection" by circulating a visual on social media showing irregularities at the medical college hospital
SR Medical College is a self-financing medical college in the state of Kerala. The institution had received the MCI nod for the MBBS course first in 2016, after that it did not receive the recognition in the coming years due to inadequate infrastructure.
A few days ago, a group of MBBS students made a video which captured few people who were being brought inside the institution through the backside of the medical college during an MCI inspection. The MBBS students under the banner of ‘Stand With Students of SR Medical College’ pointed out that the management of misleading MCI assessors by admitting from outside on daily wages posing them as patients. The medical students alleged that there were visuals of a protest over the promised money as well.
The MCI was on a visit to the institution when the anomalies against the institution were raised which allegedly disrupted the inspection. Following the protest, the MCI team stopped the inspection.
This apparently angered the management that threatened to take action against the medicos.
The Principal of the institution alleged that few students want to shift to Government Medical colleges for which they want a closure of the medical college. On the other hand, the students had sought government intervention so that the medical college comes up with better facilities and infrastructure so that they can get their MBBS course completed on time.
The aggrieved students wrote to university on the matter as well. Following the incident, Kerala University of Health Sciences assured that the matter will be probed and the affiliation will be cancelled if the allegations will be observed true.
The medical college, accusing that the students didn’t have required attendance has refused to grant permission to the MBBS students who had raised voice against the wrongdoings of management, to take their examinations.
The students alleged that the management is clearly targeting students who had exposed the irregularities and lack of facilities at the campus to public, media and to the MCI.
Speaking to Medical Dialogues, one of the aggrieved students alleged that the medical college has manipulated the attendance of the students. "Even the class topper who has secured more than 90% attendance and good internal marks in all three subjects, has been debarred from writing the exam. We have been attending the classes daily. The management is indirectly targeting us for pointing out the shortcomings of the institute to the media and the MCI," he added.
The student said, "We are afraid that the medical college management will encash the bank guarantee that we had submitted earlier as they have already asked the banks for it. Because of this, the parents and the MBBS students are in a dilemma."
"We have reached every top health authority apprising them about the issue including the university but no action has been taken yet," the student stated.