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Date : 24/12/2020

Medical colleges hold exams amid COVID-19 outbreak

Thirty-six public and 68 private medical colleges across the country are holding supplementary examinations of the final-year students of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery courses amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

A total of 2689 local and 340 foreign students, who failed or did not score expected results in the fourth-year examinations held in November 2019, will seat for the exams to be administered by Dhaka university, Chittagong university, Rajshahi University and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.

The decision was taken following several meetings of the medical college principals, vice chancellors of the four universities and director general of the medical education and health ministry, said the ministry’s additional secretary Md Shakhawat Hossain.

‘We gave permission for holding the examinations in-person amid the COVID-19 outbreak otherwise it might create crisis of intern doctors at the hospitals,’ he said.

The foreign students had to go to quarantine after arriving in Bangladesh to participate in the examinations, he said.

Already 65 local and three foreign students studying at six medical colleges under Shahjalal University of Science and Technology started taking the supplementary examinations on October 21 maintaining the health guidelines, said SUST medicine faculty dean and also Sylhet Osmani Medical College principal Md Moynul Haque.

A total of 1730 local and 216 foreign students studying at 42 public and private medical colleges under Dhaka University and 306 local and 58 foreign students studying at 35 public and private colleges under Chittagong University would sit for the examination today, ministry officials said.    

Supplementary examinations of 596 local and 65 foreign students studying at 21 out of 23 public and private medical colleges under Rajshahi University will begin on October 28.

After getting the evaluation of the supplementary examinations, decision for holding examinations of the fourth year, third year and second year students would be held, said  Dhaka university medicine faculty dean and also Dhaka Medical College principal Khan Abul Kalam Azad.

‘As per the plan, we have decided to hold the exams of the regular fourth-year students in December,’ he said.

He said that decision for holding admission test for the MBBS has not yet been taken.

Department: Physics