The curriculum of MBBS (Undergraduate Medical Course of India) has been divided into three parts
- First MBBS ( I MBBS ) : Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry
- Second MBBS ( II MBBS ) : Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology, Forensic Medicine
- Third MBBS ( III MBBS or Final MBBS ) : SPM, ENT, Ophthalmology, Medicine, Paediatrics, Surgery, Orthopaedics and OG
MBBS has been traditionally a “Break System” where the student cannot proceed from one part to the next, if all papers are not cleared. Even if the student has failed to pass a single paper, he has to attend those classes again and will be permitted to move to the next step, only after all papers have been passed.
In this scenario, the following order by the Gujarat High Court is very very interesting. We find that the college has decided to appeal. If the appeal by the college is turned down, then MBBS will cease to be a “break system” and instead be like other courses, where one can carry on with “arrears” till the final exam
Last week we had one high court which came to the rescue of the students and this week it is another high court. To know about the order of High Court of Chennai, read
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- Update (16/06/2013) : No Brake or Break in MBBS ? MGR University to conduct supplementary exams to enable students join main batch
The News about Gujarat High Court’s decision is available at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Flunked-first-year-MBBS-exams-allowed-to-carry-on/articleshow/10382822.cms
AHMEDABAD: For the first time in the history of medical colleges in Gujarat, those students who have been unable to clear first year MBBS exams will be allowed to pursue second year studies.
In an interim relief, Gujarat high court has allowed students of BJ Medical College, LG Medical College and NHL Municipal Medical College, to pursue second-year studies. The court also directed the colleges to suspend the minimum attendance criterion, subject to their clearing the first year exam.
As per Medical Council of India (MCI) rules, students failing in first year of MBBS cannot go to the second year.
However, 49 students of these three colleges approached the court citing rule 7 of MCI which permits students failing in the second semester of first year MBBS to pursue the first semester of second year MBBS on the condition that they should clear the first-year exam by the time they appear for the next exam.
Sudhir Nanavati, who represented the students, said that Gujarat University has arranged the re-test for these students in January 2012. Even if they clear this test, students will not be able to fulfill the attendance criteria. “So, we have pleaded to the court that the re-examination be held within 40 days of first-year results, just like other universities do,” he told TOI.
“We have decided to challenge this interim relief. This is against MCI rules. Students are allowed to keep terms (ATKT) in second and third year only,” said Pankaj Patel, dean of NHL Municipal Medical College.