Exclusive: Telangana college forces COVID-19 infected students to write offline exams

What’s worse about this entire ordeal, according to students, is that their college is making Covid-19 positive students to come and write exams in the room exactly opposite to the hall where others are writing the exams.

Hyderabad: In a shocking revelation, a medical college in Moinabad has been found conducting exams for students. What’s more problematic is that the management has reportedly called even those who are COVID-19 positive, and made them sit in a separate room to write the exam. Students, who were forced to appear for it, have said that the institution has put several people at the risk of getting infected with the virus.

Siasat.com spoke to some of the students from Bhaskar Medical College, which is situated at Yenkapally, Moinabad district. They said that their institution is conducting pre-final exams in complete violation of the Telangana government’s order that was passed few weeks ago, postponing all examinations in the state. After verifying all the information and claims. Siasat.com was able to obtain a few question papers, and corroborating the students claims that their college is indeed conducting exams.  

One of the question papers from the pre-final theory exams that Bhasker Medical College conducted on April 20. (Photo: Siasat).

What’s worse about this entire ordeal, according to students, is that their college is making Covid-19 positive students to come and write exams in the room exactly opposite to the hall where others are writing the exams.

A student, requesting anonymity, told Siasat.com, “There are no temperature checks, no sanitizers and no social distancing in a room where around 125 people are made to sit and write the exam. Not only that, second year students were made to sit in hallways/ galleries between exam halls.”

Another student, who also did not want to be identified, said that people with symptoms and others who come from families with COVID-19 positive patients, who can possibly be carriers, are made to sit in the same room as other students. 

“There is no physical distancing and everyone is present in crowds. The lab assistants also don’t wear masks and don’t sanitise their hands. We don’t care that much about ourselves, but we don’t want to be carriers of the virus into our homes and harm our elder family members,” said another student who seemed very much angry with the management for making them appear for the exams. 

Another student, requesting anonymity, said that the college is also conducting practical exams which require the students to diagnose a patient and to do that they’ll have to enter the hospital. “Wo we will be entering wards where most infected patients will be present.” 

When parents tried to take up the issue and talk to the college authorities they were told to “come again next year to write the exam if they have a problem.” Students of the college called this “mental and emotional harassment” and it implied that they would be failed this year and would have to write exams next year if they did not appear for these exams. 

Few students however mentioned that the issue is not about writing exams, and about how it’s being conducted. A student from the college, said that their father spoke to an official of the Medical Council of India about this.

“The MCI official told my father that the college has the authority to call the people who have tested positive as well. If someone chooses not to come they lose a year on their own personal accord,” the student told Siasat.com. According to others, the second year exams started one week ago and third year exams started on 20th.

Another question paper dated April 10, for second year medical students of Bhaskar Medical College. (Photo: Siasat).

When contacted, Dr. G. Srinivas Rao, director of Public Health, told Siasat.com that he will look into the matter, and sought details of the same. The shocking incident comes in wake of Telangana reporting thousands of new COVID-19 cases daily over the last two weeks.

On Wednesday, the state reported over 6,000 cases alone. Hospitals across Hyderabad and districts are currently overflowing with patients, whose families are struggling to cope.

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