KOTTAYAM: Jinesh P S, an active member of the Kerala Medical Post Graduates Association and a resident doctor at the Department of Forensic Medicine at Government Medical College (GMC), here was shocked to hear the news that he failed in his final year PG examination held in May-June, 2014, even though he was cent percent confident of passing it.
Frustrated by the news, Jinesh secured his mark sheets through RTI queries, and found that the examiner had put his marks for the practical examination out of 100, while the stipulated marks set by the Kerala University of Health Science (KUHS) was out of 400. He was declared passed a few months later when the authorities of the KUHS corrected the mistake.
Documents available with the Express show that this is not an isolated case. The Students’ Grievance Redressal Committee of the KUHS had received several complaints of deliberate victimisation by the examiners and grave negligence on the part of the varsity officials.
However, unlike Jinesh, other victims were not lucky enough to change their fate. The board meeting of the Students’ Grievance Redressal Committee, held on October 14, found that a complaint of victimisation filed by Eldy Pereira, junior resident of General Surgery, GMC, Kozhikode, has been prima facie proved by the submitted documents. Arun Kumar, junior resident of GMC, Thrissur, who failed in the final year examination, got a reply to his RTI query that his marks sheet was missing.
The chairman of the grievance committee has now written to the Pro-Vice- Chancellor of the university that he “suspects some conspiracy had occurred in the practical examination results,” of Lee Xavier, MD general medicine, GMC, Thiruvananthapuram). The chairman also pointed out that “a chance of victimisation cannot be excluded.”
Substantiating the suspicions, a communication note between two higher officials of the university, points out the possible involvement of a professor, who was a front runner in the KUHS Vice- Chancellors’ selection process, in the victimisation of a PG student.