No shoes, long sleeves at state medical exams
Nashik: Now, students who appear for private and government medical institute examinations will not be allowed to wear shoes. They must take the exams wearing slippers.
In a bid to prevent cheating, the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences ( MUHS) has, for the first time, framed an examination “dress code” for students. The university is based in Nashik.
Other than the ban on shoes, those taking the exams will not be allowed to wear full-sleeved shirts and T-shirts, dark-coloured trousers and they cannot carry wallets to the examination centres. Women students will not be allowed to wear aprons, bangles, rings, pins, chains and necklaces. Officials said the clothes should be simple and designer-wear would be prohibited.
The dress code will be implemented during the winter semester exams, starting November 27. Around 55,000 students from various public and private health science colleges are expected to appear for the examination.
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The circular, issued by controller of examination Ajit Pathak, reads: “The dress code is a must for all students, including those from religious minority institutions under MUHS’ jurisdiction.”
MUHS registrar K D Chavan told TOI that the decision was taken after a series of brainstorming sessions at various levels for the past three years.
According to Chavan, the MUHS senate has decided to impose the dress code from the upcoming winter exams. “We have followed a certain set of rules applicable for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), through which students qualify for medical courses. These rules are widely accepted in academic institutions,” said Chavan.
He further said that national standards have been followed before framing these rules and the university is also open to suggestions and feedback from affiliated colleges.
The move has evoked a mixed response among the student community. “Following a proper dress code to avoid unfair means is a go-
Shoes, designer wear, full-sleeved shirts, T-shirts, dark trousers and wallets
Female students can’t wear aprons, bangles, rings, pins, chains and necklaces od idea. All medical students have already experienced it during NEET,” said Sagar Pawar, a private medical college student.
Another student, though, said that girls could have issues with the rules. “Ornaments and necklaces are banned but mangalsutras are allowed for religious reasons. Some students may seek relaxation for hijab,” she said.