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RIMS students seek re-examination

Ranchi, Sept. 22: Results of Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM) paper of the fourth-year undergraduate course have caught the authorities at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in a fix even as students sought re-examination.

Altogether 80 students of the 2004 batch have failed in the paper. The exams were held in June this year.

Head of PSM department, Shamim Haider, has approached the Ranchi University dean of faculty of medicine, S.N. Choudhary, for re-evaluation of the papers. Choudhary has forwarded the application to Ranchi University vice-chancellor, A.A. Khan, for the necessary action.

Haider informed this to The Telegraph today saying the step was taken two days ago when it was found that number of failures was more than 80 per cent in a particular paper.

“Despite the poor results in one paper, majority of our students have cleared their fourth-year exams. We noticed that 72 out of 90 students have obtained pass marks in aggregate in theory papers and have also cleared the PSM subject having two theory and one practical paper. However, we are worried about the impact of the poor show on the reputation of the institution. This kind of show is rare for our students. We have approached university authorities for re-evaluation or taking some other necessary step in this direction,” Haider said.

Choudhary, who also holds the chair of RIMS dean, supported the fact saying that the final decision will be taken by the vice-chancellor after a meeting of Ranchi University examination board. “This is a strange situation and nothing can be said in this matter right now,” he said.

Students of 2004 batch were found worried after getting the news. They were demanding re-examination as they felt that their copies had not been evaluated properly.

“It will be in the interest of students to hold a re-examination. There is already a precedence in favour of holding the exams again. In 2001, several students had failed in surgery paper and the university had asked them to sit in a fresh test. In our case, even those students who had obtained good marks in their previous examinations, have failed in the first paper of PSM. Such poor performance is never expected from us. Apparently, the examiner has evaluated answer sheets in a hurry,” a student of 2004 batch, who has passed his PSM theory paper with grace marks, said.

Examination controller of Ranchi University and a member of Ranchi University examination board, A.K. Mahto, however, said it would not be possible to arrange either re-examination or re-evaluation of papers without receiving a formal application from students.

“Under the university rules, a student is supposed to give application for re-evaluation if he or she is not satisfied with his marks. University can not doubt the intentions of those who evaluate answer sheets. We send paper for evaluation to secret destination after coding all the answer sheets,” Mahto said.

A fourth-year MBBS student has to appear in two papers of PSM other than one paper each of Eye (E) and Nose and Throat (NT). Each paper contains 100 marks. Each paper includes theory and practical. Students have to obtain 50 per cent marks in aggregated with 50 per cent marks in each theory paper and each practical paper to get through in the exam. Each theory paper of PSM carries 60 marks while theory paper of E and NT carry 40 marks each.

Ailing prisoners dumped to die at RIMS

Ranchi, Aug. 1: Do prisoners deserve to be left to die in a room of a government medical institute when they are ill? It seems true in the case of a 78-year-old prisoner who died today.

And he is not alone. Nurses and constables told The Telegraph that jail authorities “dump” prisoners at the medical institute once they are severely ill.

Shadeo Mahto, one of the seven prisoners undergoing treatment at the Ranchi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) died due to lack of proper care today. Another prisoner Patrick Kujur (48) is on the verge of dying.

Mahto, who was a murder convict serving a life-term and was referred to RIMS from the Dumka Jail on July 27, after jail authorities found him suffering from acute weakness and breathlessness. While Kujur, a convict in a forgery case, was referred to RIMS from the Lohardaga jail. The jail doctor admitted him when he realised it would be difficult to save the prisoner, who was suffering from acute breathlessness.

Kujur was first admitted to the prisoner’s ward on the ground floor of RIMS. When his condition deteriorated due to lack of proper care, he was shifted to the intensive critical care unit (ICCU) on the first floor of RIMS yesterday. He is now undergoing treatment in bed no. 10 of the institute but there is no one to take proper care of him.

Nurses admitted that the jail administration does not depute any staff to attend on ailing prisoners and leaves them on the mercy of the para medical staff at RIMS. Nurses said there are a limited para medical staff and it was difficult to do justice to all the patients.

If a patient, a nurse said, requires extra medicine, he is not administered the same due to inadequate money and manpower. A constable said that police officials are not expected to leave the hospital due to security reasons and are thus helpless in an emergency situation.

In fact, the prisoner ward at RIMS has become an ideal place where the jail administration dumps ailing prisoners and leaves them to die, a nurse pointed out.

RIMS director, N.N. Agarwal, also supported the fact and said the jail administration forgets about their prisoner once they are admitted to RIMS. “When a patient from a jail comes to our institute it becomes our responsibility to take care of them, which we do with the means available with us,” he said.

IG (prison), Sunil Kumar Burnwal, however, said the jail administration provides all help to the prisoners admitted at RIMS. “We are their (prisoners) guardian till they are in our custody,” he said adding that the jail superintendents make arrangements for extra medicine and other help a prisoner may need at RIMS.

But, a constable deputed on security duty said it was difficult to inform the jail administration about patients at RIMS in times of emergency. Sometimes the police spend money from their own pockets to purchase extra medicine on humanitarian grounds.

The constable said that the living condition of the prisoners’ ward was not up to the mark and they were not even given mosquito nets.

Ragging going in Full swing in RIMS Ranchi.

September 2008: 2008 batch MBBS students have joined and its now the fun time for 2006 batch MBBS students of RIMS Ranchi. For the poor freshers, now every day is a nightmare. They are taken out straight from class room and ragged brutely at the roof top of the Hostel. The freshers don't have to wear anything when ragging is going on - not even innerware. They are called at midnight and forced to go nude and roll on the ground filled with bushes. All these are happening just 100 m away from the residence of the Director and just 300 m away from the Polish station. Many parents have been informed by the the students but they fear, if they will complain , their ward will face difficulty.

RIMS director trashes charges

Ranchi, Sept. 5: Director of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), N.N. Agarwal challenged state health secretary Pradeep Kumar’s decision to serve a showcause notice to him.

Agarwal spoke to The Telegraph a day after the health secretary slapped a showcause notice on him for the death of a poor patient. The director was accused of driving the patient out of the RIMS premises.

The director said only the chairman of the RIMS governing body, who happens to be the state health minister, can issue a showcause notice. “The state health secretary only has the right to vote during elections of the RIMS governing body,” Agarwal said.

The director, however, added that he was ready to respond to the notice within the three-day deadline. He rubbished all the charges against him, and said he has always worked in RIMS’s interest.

Kumar, while issuing the showcause notice, also sought educational and other certificates from Agarwal for verification and asked him about the circumstances under which a lady doctor, Karuna Jha, was removed from the institute without prior approval from the state government.

Kumar has also charged Agarwal of withdrawing excess salary.

The director, to prove the authenticity of his postgraduate degree, presented a letter of Medical Council of India secretary A.R.N. Setalvad issued after the verification of his certificates in June this year.

To justify Jha’s removal from the institute, Agarwal said, the decision was taken after an approval from the RIMS governing body.

While reacting to the allegation of withdrawing of excess salary, Agarwal said, everything was being done under “service conditions”.

“The poor patient is being used as a ploy to target me. I have never been inhuman with any patient,” he said.

But the director admitted that he wanted to inform the police, as the patient was mentally incoherent and would roam on ground floor without permission.

“If I would have left the patient unattended, he would have fled from RIMS and then I would have been accused of poor security arrangement,” Agarwal said.

A poor patient, who was allegedly driven out of RIMS on Wednesday, died on Thursday.

The matter was communicated to health secretary Pradeep Kumar, who sent his officer on special duty, S.K. Chouhdary to conduct a probe. After the confirmation of fact, Kumar took strong exception to the incident and issued a showcause notice.

Agarwal said the entire development was a conspiracy against him. Kumar was not available for his comment.

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