Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences on Saturday conducted re-examination for a final-year student of BDS of the Government Dental College, Bangalore, on the directions of Governor H.R. Bhardwaj who is also the Chancellor of the university.

In a letter dated September 1 (signed by the under secretary to the Governor and addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of the RGUHS), the Governor said that Karthikeyan Gokul Chandran, who “has brilliant track record throughout, has been subjected to injustice in the final-year practical, oral medicine and radiology and directed that the student be re-examined [both practical and viva] by an expert committee for a fair assessment of his performance in the oral examination and for award of suitable marks”.

The letter said Mr. Chandran, a final year BDS student (RS2), Reg. No. 05D0020, of the Government Dental College, Bangalore, had made a representation to him alleging injustice and bias in the evaluation of the Practical Examination, Oral Medicine, and Radiology, so much so he had been shown as failed in the final year of BDS, having been awarded only 25 marks out of a maximum of 75 marks.

On the reference from the Governor’s office, the university set up an Enquiry Committee to review the performance of the student. The committee has come out with the findings that the student, who had consistently put in a good performance through the first three years, had not been subjected to fair assessment.

The Governor also constituted a committee to conduct the re-examination and the members of the committee were K.S. Nagesh, principal of D.A. Pandu R.V. Dental College, Bangalore; Dr. K.S. Ganapathy, principal of Oxford Dental College, Bangalore; and Dr. B.C. Bhagwan, Associate Professor in Surgery, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, V.V. Puram, Bangalore.

The letter said “the above committee shall submit its report to the Chancellor within a week positively. The matter may please be treated as most urgent.”

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