Thrissur: The demand to conduct the supplementary exams of final year MBBS students before September is gaining momentum. The students and their parents have already appealed to the court in this matter.
The court had instructed to convene a meeting of the exam board to discuss this. Besides, it had also asked to take a decision within a month after seeking the opinions of the medical colleges. The MBBS students should be able to write the supplementary exam before September if they have to take the NEET – PG entrance test for admission to post graduate medical courses.
Meanwhile, a section of students who had been protesting to postpone the exams haven’t attended the part 1 and 2 of the general medicine paper. If the Kerala University of Health Sciences doesn’t budge, then the only option they have is the supplementary exam that has been scheduled in September. The students might not be able to apply for the NEET – PG exam by the time the results of that exam are out. Hence, the students have been pleading to schedule the supplementary exam before September so that they wouldn’t lose their chance to apply for NEET – PG this year.
However, besides them, the students of the same batch who didn’t pass the first year exams too have to take the supplementary exam in September. The university officials say that these students who are already six months behind their original schedule would be ready to take the exam only by August this year. So, the university insists that the supplementary exams cannot be moved up.
Meanwhile, the university, having taken cognizance of the grievances raised by the students have issued circulars to the colleges. The circular says that the university would consider allowing another chance for the students to write the two general medicine papers if they attend the the remaining exams of the ongoing final year MBBS course. If this happens, then the students might be able to apply for the NEET – PG exam this year itself.
Vice Chancellor Dr. Mohan Kunnumel said that lots of students have approached the university requesting the chance to write the remaining exams. Around 3600 students had registered to write the final year MBBS exams. However, only 1900 among them attended the first two exams as the rest boycotted the exams protesting against insufficient clinical training hours and lack of enough time for preparation.