October 29, 2010

500 first yr medicos flunk in exam in TN

In an unprecedented trend, more than 500 medicos have failed in the three subjects of the first-year MBBS exam, results for which were published just a couple of days ago.
Of 1,762 students from 15 government-run medical colleges in the state, who attempted the anatomy paper, 1,561 have passed. In physiology, 1,622 out of 1,788 have cleared the paper, while 1,605 out of 1,791 students have passed.

“There is definitely a spike in number of failures. Usually, not more than 50 students fail to clear the paper in each subject,” says a senior academician and public health official. “If the students do not pass their first-year subjects, they will have to repeat the year as carry over is permitted only from the third year,” he says.
The seven private colleges have also recorded a similar increase in failure rate. In anatomy, 163 out of 620 students failed, 153 out of 639 in biochemistry and in physiology, 134 out of 636 have failed.

Health secretary V.K. Subburaj attributes the shocking trend to stringent rules of Dr MGR Medical University, and students not preparing well. “The present rules do not allow granting of grace marks, which can be one of the reasons for the increase in failure rate. Also students tend to relax after admissions, and do not study seriously until their second year,” he said.
While senior professors agree about students not preparing well, they also admit that the quality of teaching at medical colleges has deteriorated.

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