Re-evaluate answer scripts, orders Karnataka HC

The Karnataka High Court on Thursday issued direction for re-evaluation of general medicine-clinical practical external examination answer papers of 24 students of the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS) as the court found that the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) has not maintained evaluation sheets as per the norms.

Justice Vineet Kothari passed the interim order on the petitions filed by Nancy and 23 students, who had failed in this subject in the MBBS final year exams held in January.

Based on the petitioners’ claim, the court noted that as per the ordinance governing the MBBS course for clinical exam, the questions contain one “long case” carrying 80 marks and two “short cases” carrying 40 marks each. And, in all, the assessment of the clinical exam, though for 160 marks, is based on the assessment of three cases.

From the papers relating to the petitioners, which were submitted in sealed covers to the court, the judge found that though there is a tabulation sheet of viva voce for 40 marks, the tabulation for the clinical examination/practical examination answer book contains the examination made in respect of a patient and the marks has been assigned totally by taking it as 160 marks. The same would therefore prima facie indicate that the clinical examination assessment has not been bifurcated into one “long case” and two “short cases” as required under the ordinance, the court said.

The court directed the RGUHS and HIMS to complete the process of re-evaluation including viva voce as per the ordinance within three weeks and submit the results to the court by May 29. The court made it clear that this order will not be a precedent for other similar cases.

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