The dual evaluation policy by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, which oversees all medical, dental, ayurveda, homeopathic and nursing colleges in the state, has run into huge controversy as nearly 11,000 students have failed this year as the policy came into effect May 2013.
Under the new policy, all the answer-sheets in the May exam were sent to two examiners and an average of the two scores was taken into final consideration. The MBBS students claim that the two scores differ by as much as by 30%, bringing down their percentage.
“Over 1,000 MBBS students have failed as against 150 every year out of 15,000. The failure rate of PG, dental and other courses has also shoot up, majority of them failing by just 1-2 marks,” a student said.
The aggrieved students made a representation to NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad on Monday. Awhad told dna: “Natural justice says students must get the score which is higher. I don’t know how the university took such a decision which failed 11,000 candidates.” Awhad said he would ask the government to force the university to change its decision.
Some MD students had approached the Bombay high court which has ruled that the university must take a decision considering the students’ welfare.
Vice chancellor MUHS, Dr Arun Jamkar said, “With this policy, there is no need of re-valuation. We are happy that the court has upheld our policy.” Jamkar said universities in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have the same policy.
When asked about large scale discrepancy between the two sets of revaluations, Dr Jamkar said, “We may change a policy by adding third revaluation in case the difference between the two score is more than 15%.”
Dr TP Lahane, dean of Grant Medical College Mumbai, said, “Everyone from the board of studies to academic council was opposed to this move as it is anti-student. Is University suggesting that it doesn’t have faith in own examiners?”
The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors has threatened to go on a strike across the state over the issue.