MBBS students to be permitted to write exams as and when RGUHS conducts it: Karnataka HC
Bengaluru: In a major relief to students who are unable to write the MBBS examination due to Covid-19 or for any other reason, Karnataka High Court has issued an order to allow the medicos to appear for the exams later, as and when the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) issues a notification.
The court order was issued by Justice R Devdas while deliberating a plea filed by Pani Yupung from Arunachal Pradesh and 19 others.
The court referred to the advisory of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), observing that few students coming from Kerala and other states may test positive for COVID. Earlier, RGUHS had issued a notification allowing the students who were issued the hall ticket but were unable to write the examination, to eventually appear for the exam in view of the circumstances.
In view of the above, the court noted that if the petitioners, for any reason, are unable to write the ensuing examination, they should be allowed to write the MBBS exams as and when the university issues a notification for the same.
The court order further mentioned that the advisory issued by the state government would also apply to the medical students. Thus, the state government sought suggestions of TAC, on which, the committee advised that the examinations can go on but with certain conditions.
According to the conditions laid, the medical students coming from Kerala should be asymptomatic. They should compulsorily arrive in Karnataka carrying a negative RT-PCR test certificate not older than 72 hours, irrespective of the status of their vaccination. Further upon arrival, they need to self-quarantine for seven days, following proper medical supervision and COVID appropriate behavior.
It further advised that the exam centres should conduct the theory examinations of these students in separate rooms and clinical and practical examinations should also be held separately following a prior screening of the students for Covid-19 which includes thermal scanning for fever, pulse oximeter for oxygen saturation, and so on, reports Edex Live.