Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry Prepare for Monday Opening

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Following the green signal from the state government, faculties of medicine, dentistry and related health institutions are preparing to welcome students back to campus starting Monday. Practical work and clinical displays for students, many of whom have expressed dissatisfaction with online courses, will be given priority. However, directors of institutes who The Hindu who we spoke to said they will continue with hybrid sessions, where students can attend classes online if they wish.

The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), in a circular issued on Saturday, said that only students, teaching and non-teaching staff, who have taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, can be authorized to attend classes. physically. It is the responsibility of each facility to ensure that SOPs are followed. RGUHS also asked principals to submit a compliance report after the reopening.

Balakrishna P. Shetty, VC, Sri Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, said that with experts predicting a third wave in a few months, online courses will continue to be held. “We will have hybrid sessions, where students who wish to take online courses can continue to do so, while others can attend physical courses,” he said, adding that there is no would not have any academic events or functions.

“Wearing a mask is compulsory in all areas of the college premises; but there will be no change in the seating arrangements in the classrooms, ”he said.

Some schools had decided to divide the classes to ensure that no more than half of the amphitheater or classroom was occupied. Areas most frequented by students, such as canteens and libraries, will be restricted.

The students haven’t come home yet

S. Kumar, executive secretary of the Consortium of Reputable Universities of Karnataka, said hybrid sessions can be organized, but only for a limited period. “While schools will likely reopen on Monday, not all students will be able to show up on campus. Many students have returned to their hometowns across the country and may not be able to return in time for physical classes. Colleges should make the decision to set a deadline for the end of online courses, ”he said, adding that competency-based education and training, which is part of the medical curriculum, cannot be possible only through physical courses.

Student organizations, however, criticize the reopening of universities. Amaresh Kadagada, State President, Federation of Students of India, said institutions should not make participation in physical classes mandatory. He also said the government must pay for the medical costs of students who contract COVID-19.

Sithara HM, a member of the State Secretariat of the Democratic Student Organization of India, said only a fraction of the students had been vaccinated. “By stating that only those who have taken at least one dose should be allowed, the state is discriminating against those who have not yet been vaccinated. Institutions should only reopen when 100% of the state’s students are fully immunized, ”she said.


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