The Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS) will within a month decide the case of final year MBBS students who were unable to appear for the exams on March 31 and April 5, a divisional bench has ordered. the High Court of Kerala.
It was following an appeal by 500 medical students against a single judge’s order rejecting their request to instruct the university to postpone exam dates that the divisional bench has made the order.
The university’s lawyer had previously informed the court that he planned to examine the possibilities of having a supplementary examination taken for students who could not take part in general medicine – paper I and general medicine – paper II (medicine general, including dermatology, psychiatry and radiodiagnosis), held respectively on March 31 and April 5.
It was also exploring the possibility of allowing students to take the exam in September 2022, which will be treated as their first appearance in the subjects.
A large number of students were unable to attend the General Medicine I and II exams due to misinformation spread on social media and a misconception that the exams will be postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic. COVID-19, the students’ lawyer told the court.
The court noted that it was unfortunate that misinformation spread by social media and others resulted in students failing to take the exam. Students should have checked with the university if there had been a decision to postpone the exam from March 31. The university could not be held responsible for the situation, the court noted.