January 01, 2012

Panel to advise varsity on MBBS exam rules

CHENNAI: The state health department will form a committee to advise the state medical university on the examination rules they can adopt for the next academic year , a senior health department official said.

The advisory committee to be chaired by health minister V S Vijay , who is also the pro-chancellor of the TN Dr MGR Medical University , will hold meetings and discussions with senior academicians and doctors and then frame rules for the next academic year .

Officials hope that the committee headed by the minister would be able to implement reforms carefully without surprising students and sparking unrest . "Students will know about the rules before they seek MBBS admissions . We intend to make all this clear in the prospectus ," said a health department official . The committee will consult with stakeholders including senior doctors , medical college heads and students before deciding on whether the university should merely follow the Medical Council of India (MCI) rules for exams or make it more stringent.

MCI secretary Dr Sangeetha Sharma said the council has only issued guidelines and the university has the powers to make them more stringent. "We have issued minimum guidelines . It up to the states to make them stricter ," she said over the phone from New Delhi.

On Wednesday , a day after the university announced that it will revise the results for the first year MBBS students as per MCI guidelines , students from the other batches petitioned the university and government . Meanwhile , students from other batches met university officials urging them to revise the rules for them , too.

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