RGUHS Postpones Intermediate BDS Exams Amid COVID-19

The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences [RGUHS] earlier decided to conduct offline examinations to the medical students. After the announcement of offline exams, the medical students in Karnataka demanded deferment of offline exams. As per the latest news, the University announced on Saturday that 1st, 2nd and 3rd-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery [BDS] examinations would be conducted on some other date.

N Ramakrishna Reddy, the Registrar [Evaluation] said in a statement that ‘In view of the Covid-19 pandemic situation, the scheduled examinations of I, II, and III year BDS are postponed and the revised timetable will be notified for the same in due course.’ The exams for the aforementioned medical students were scheduled to commence from 13th October 2020. Meanwhile, he further stated that the 4th year BDS exams will be organized as scheduled from 14th October.

The concerned officials at RGUHS given a clarification that the MBBS exams for all the students across different years will be held as scheduled earlier. The Registrar further stated, ‘Further, the scheduled examinations of all the years in MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) will be conducted as per the notified timetable from October 13.’

This decision made by the varsity has given some sort of relief to the dental students. On the other hand, the MBBS students have questioned the decision of the University to conduct their exams despite the risks caused due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the state. Previously, some of the leaders such as Jayanagar MLA Sowmya Reddy had requested RGUHS to defer the exams if the same couldn’t be organized online. She cited the COVID-19 statistics across the state and said that Karnataka secures 3rd place among states with the highest number of coronavirus positive cases.

One of the 3-year MBBS students from Kerala residing in Bengaluru said, ‘Asking us to appear for the exams while BDS students have been considered does not make any sense. We are equally distressed and are at high risks of contracting the infection by attending exams held at hospital premises where Covid-19 patients are also being treated.’ Another MBBS student said, ‘This decision is the government’s strategy to satisfy a section to bring down protests.’

In the letter, Reddy mentioned that considering the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in India, the candidates are supposed to remain in their hostels for at least 20 days before the examinations. She further said that there is a maximum probability of spreading the infection by the students residing in shared hostel rooms, canteens, and toilets. Medical Education Minister, K Sudhakar stated that the state had witnessed success in holding SSLC exams amid the pandemic. Considering the success, he clarified that the varsity exams shouldn’t be deferred.

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