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.