Delay in exams puts final-year nursing students in a fix - ECAS Punjab

Delay in exams puts final-year nursing students in a fix

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Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, August 18

With Covid-19 cases rising across the state, the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) is facing a difficulty in conducting theory and practical exams of over 25,000 under graduate and postgraduate nursing students in about 110 colleges of the state. This has affected over 6,000 final-year students.

SUGGESTIONS SOUGHT

Due to the Covid outbreak, all theory and practical exams of nursing courses, to be held in May/June, were delayed. Now, the BFUHS has sought that heads of all nursing colleges in the state give their suggestions as to how and when to proceed towards the completion of theory as well as practical examination

If the examinations are not completed within a month, experts said it would create a lag, posing a challenge for about 6,000 final-year students of M Sc, B Sc and Post Basic B Sc courses and would impact the new batches as well. Punjab has an intake capacity of around 7,000 nursing students every year.

Due to the Covid outbreak, all theory and practical exams of nursing courses, to be held in May/June, were delayed. Now, the BFUHS has demanded that heads of all nursing colleges in the state give their suggestions as to how and when to proceed towards the completion of theory as well as practical examination.

As conducting exams for over 25,000 students is a difficult task given the situation, principal of a nursing college in Faridkot said the university should conduct the exams of only final-year students. Doubling the exam centres from 30 to 60 to maintain proper social distancing, the exams must be conducted for final-year students so that their professional and academic career is not harmed. This way, it would also not affect the entry of new students in October, he said.

Head of another nursing college said: "Given the uncertainty over pandemic, all other students should be promoted to their next academic year."



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