Close on the heels of the controversy related to pass percentage in self-financing engineering colleges in the state, figures have emerged which points out that things are no different in the medical education field too.
According to the latest figures, sourced from the Kerala University of Health Sciences by the Save Education Committee, the pass percentage of B Sc Nursing students in self-financing nursing colleges in 2010-11 academic year is only 28.14 per cent. Four nursing colleges have registered zero pass last year.
The CSI College of Nursing, Karakonam, Dhanalakshmi College of Nursing, Kannur, Poyani College of Nursing, Pathanamthitta and Welcare College of Nursing, Kochi have recorded zero pass.
In many other colleges, like Almas College of Nursing, Kottakkal; Karuna College of Engineering, Palakkad; KMCT College of Nursing, Kozhikode and MES College of Nursing, Malappuram, the pass rate is below five per cent.
In the list of the colleges, which goes up to 90, only eight colleges have pass percentage above 50. Giving the government a reason to cheer, the government-run nursing colleges, including the Nursing Colleges in Thrissur, Kozhikode, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram have registered better pass percentage- between 86.21 and 56 per cent respectively. For B Pharm course also, the results registered are relatively poor with the KVM College of Pharmacy, Alappuzha recording zero pass. Out of the 48 students who appeared for examination last year in Nazareth College of Pharmacy, Pathanamthitta, only 4 students passed.
The top result in this category is 60 per cent registered by Government College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Calicut. However, for MBBS course, the pass percentage is not that disappointing- 82.22 per cent. For the first-year BDS supplementary examinations held in February 2012, the pass percentage is only 45.90 per cent. In BDS regular, the pass percentage is 35.83 per cent.
The scenario is better in BAMS, where the pass percentage is 85.73 per cent. Again, a government college- Government Ayurveda College, Ernakulam-tops the list with cent per cent pass. “The results point out the fact that self-financing colleges are not ensuring quality academic atmosphere,” said M Shajerkhan, Save Education Committee convenor.