MBBS students rally for delay in exams

LAHORE – Medical students of first year MBBS from Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical College and Fatima Jinnah Medical College on Monday protested in front of the Punjab University and demanded from the varsity administration to delay their exams considering the dengue outbreak.
Protestors claimed that Punjab chief minister had issued instructions to delay the exams, although PU examination department was hesitant to follow CM’s orders. They said that a number of medical students were sufferings due to dengue fever and were not in a potion to sit in the exams.
A medical student said 350 students were suffering from this decision out of a total of more than 15,000 medical students in Punjab. He said that Punjab CM cooperated with them while the University of Health Sciences had also delayed exams at their affiliated colleges but PU was not considering CM’s orders.
Medical students said that many students in their class were suffering from dengue. They said that PU had postponed the exams of all other classes but not theirs.
On Thursday, PU displayed a notice on its website which stated that first professional MBBS exams, irrespective of first or second year, would commence from November 19. However, it was revealed on September 30, after confirmation from the Examination Office of PU, that they were still indecisive about their decision. PU Controller Dr Liaqat was not available for comments.