No shoes, long sleeves at state med­i­cal ex­ams

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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.

Awoman, trav­el­ling from Pun­jab to Bi­har to cel­e­brate Ch­hath fes­ti­val, was al­legedly beaten to death by an ine­bri­ated man in the gen­eral coach of Jal­lian­wala Bagh Ex­press on Satur­day af­ter she ob­jected to his smok­ing. The in­ci­dent took place when the train was be­tween Bareilly and Shah­ja­han­pur. Chinta Devi (45) was al­legedly re­peat­edly kicked by 25-year-old Sonu Ya­dav, as pas­sen­gers looked on. Ya­dav was ar­rested. Kan­wardeep Singh re­ports,

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.

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