Telangana: No word on reopening colleges, students irked | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: At a time when several states and Union Territories have reopened medical and dental colleges for physical classes, the Telangana government’s failure to do so has irked several students. In its guidelines issued in November last year, the National Medical Commission (NMC) had asked central and state governments to take steps for reopening of medical and dental colleges from December 1, 2020.
While the second wave of Covid-19 delayed physical reopening of colleges, many states and UTs such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Puducherry have recently declared reopening of colleges for practical sessions. Students said that attending only online classes without having any practical exposure is turning out to be a major challenge for many.
“We are being taught some very important clinical concepts using PPTs and videos. While they are effective, we have no practical knowledge. How would we become good surgeons or doctors if we don’t have any practical knowledge with patients?” said Mohan Dharavath, a second year student at Osmania Medical College.
The NMC, in its recommendations, had stated that the reopening of colleges will relieve the teaching and academic staff, as well as students from uncertainties regarding students’ career, mode of functioning including the conduct of physical classes. Many have taken to social media seeking immediate reopening of medical and dental colleges in Telangana latest by August.
“Felt ashamed being a young medico after listening the news of movie theaters reopening in Telangana. Is reopening medical colleges not a worthy thing than theaters?” tweeted Shiva Rayakanti. When TOI reached out to the Kaloji Narayana University of Health Sciences (KNRUHS) authorities, they said that they are deliberating on reopening of colleges.
“We have received several representations from the parents and students seeking reopening of colleges for practical lessons. We have forwarded the same to the state government and have sought necessary instructions. In the next few days, we can expect some decision to be taken,” said KNRUHS registrar, Dr D Praveen Kumar.

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