Poor results in Paramedical courses draws flak

Private institutions under scanner


Srinagar, Mar 8: Poor performance in examination by Para-Medical Trainees of various Government and privately run training schools has raised question mark on the functioning of these institutions in the Valley.
 In the results announced by the State Medical Faculty for session 2011, the overall pass percentage of students is less than 30 percent that increases the need for proper monitoring and accountability by the Government.
 During past over a decade, the Government has allowed a good number of paramedical institutes in Jammu and Kashmir for imparting training in various streams recognized by J&K State Medical Faculty.
 Over 5000 students undergo various nursing and paramedical courses in 30 paramedical institutes including 25 private and 5 governments run Ancillary Medical Schools (AMT) schools. And more than 20 of these institutes had come up in last five years.
 These institutes get their recognition from JK State Medical Faculty with the condition that the NOC should be renewed after every two years.
 Informed sources told Greater Kashmir that the faculty has been conducting examinations twice a year including Regular and Supplement in which drivers, orderlies etc were also being permitted to sit. “Some of the institutes had also increased the intake capacity in violation to the recognition norms. Over the years a trend has developed in these schools that the students after registering themselves don’t attended classes and regular practical,” they said.
 According to sources, despite ‘attendance shortage’ most of the students appear in examinations in connivance with some unscrupulous people either in the private institutes or in the medical faculty. “They would even pass with good percentage after paying some bucks to people who has well placed contacts in both faculty and in a particular institute,” sources said.
 This is clear from the fact, they said, that the result percentage of previous years was more than 60 percent. “After the faculty changed its procedure following the pressure from the civil society and media, there has been a sudden decrease in result percentage,” sources added.
 After the results were declared by the State Medical Faculty on November 2011, which comes under the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, the students, who were failing alleged ‘gross mistakes’.
 In the results that appeared online some of failing students were shown successful. Later the faculty issued another gazette with modifications and corrections with more than 70 percent students failed to qualify exams. There were more candidates who were failing in practical in which application for reevaluation was rejected.
 Commenting on the issue, Director Health Services Kashmir and member secretary JK State Medical Faculty Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman said that the faculty had been conducting regular inspections of the paramedical schools.
 “We regularly monitor where these institutes lack and ensure the exams would be conducted in a fair manner,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Mar 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Mar 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 9 Mar 2012 00:00:00 IST

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