Due to the pandemic, MBBS classes had been stalled for several weeks initially. Currently all classes are being conducted online, but all practical classes remained cancelled. WBUHS on Friday had asked all medical colleges to complete training and teaching, including practical classes and internal assessments, within two months of opening of the medical colleges. Examinations may be conducted 10 days after that. “If it takes longer for colleges to reopen we may have to consider going for online assessment,” said S Batyabal, principal RG Kar Medical College.
About 10,000 medical students in the state get yearly stipends between Rs 17,000 and Rs 33,000 under scholarship schemes. Since these students come from poor families, many send part of this scholarship amount to their parents.
“The scholarship has to be renewed every year. This year, the last date of renewal is November 15. The students need the marksheet to apply for the renewal. Now since examination has been pushed back, where will they get the marksheets?,” asked AK Maity medical educationist, who was attached with SSKM Hospital.
WBUHS vice-chancellor Rajendra Pandey said students may face financial hardship sans the scholarship benefits. But he maintained that promotion will be done only after examination. “We cannot promote students without examination. The government is working out ways so that these students continue to benefit from the schemes,” he said.