The state has objected to the exams of undergraduate medical college students within the state – scheduled to happen between August three and 29 this year – and has requested the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) to postpone them till Covid-19 scenario comes under management. The determination will have an effect on round 24,000 medical and dental college students within the state.
State medical education minister Amit Deshmukh said that the exams shouldn’t be held placing in danger the lives of scholars. He additionally directed MUHS to start the academic year of the primary three years.
“Covid-19 is highly infectious. Parents are very worried about students’ health. The state is ready to hold exams, but students are not ready to appear for them. We suggested [MUHS] to start the academic year for first, second and third-year medical students without conducting exams. They can be conducted whenever the situation becomes conducive,” the medical education minister said.
Deshmukh said final-year college students must be allowed to begin with their internship, in order that their companies can be utilized for the continued health disaster, and so they additionally is not going to should lose their time. “Final-year students should be allowed to start internship even without conducting exams so that their services can be used in the battle against the pandemic and students also won’t lose their time,” he said.
The directives got here at a time when the state is already having variations with the University Grants Commission (UGC) over the difficulty of conducting last year exams of non-professional and professional programs.
The state catastrophe administration authority, headed by the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, in its assembly held on July 13, determined that Maharashtra shouldn’t be able to carry last year exams, contemplating the excessive variety of Covid-19 instances and deaths within the state.
The July 13 determination got here per week after UGC directed all universities to conduct final-year exams both in online, offline or blended modes by September finish.
When requested in regards to the UGC directives, Deshmukh said that the state is able to conduct the doorway exams of tremendous specialty programs for postgraduate college students, scheduled on September 15, as college students are on campus and don’t must journey in contrast to undergraduate college students who’re at their respective districts.
“We will also discuss the issue with the Medical Council of India (MCI) to make this possible,” the medical education minister said.