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KGMCTA expresses concern over exam row

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KOTTAYAM June 23. The Kerala Government Medical College Teachers' Association (KGMCTA) has expressed concern in the alleged move to turn highly specialised examinations being conducted by Medical Colleges into subjects for controversy, as it would affect the very credibility of the profession.

Referring to the controversies over last year's examinations conducted by the Kerala University at the Alappuzha Medical College and the suicide of one of the medical students there, the KGMCTA leaders said that their inquiry into the matter had found that the teachers were not guilty. The Association has suggested concerted effort on the part of the Government, teachers and the parents to avoid such unfortunate incidents in future.

Referring to the move to impose a medical cess by the state government as part of the new policy initiatives, the Association leaders said such moves would send a wrong signal to all concerned. Instead of imposing separate cess for every service being provided by the State, the Government should meet the expenses from the general tax revenue, they said. The leaders made a fervent call to fill up the vacancies existing in the Government Medical Colleges.

New office-bearers: S. Abdul Khaddar (Calicut Medical College), president, Tigy Thomas Jacob (Kottayam), general secretary, Abraham Kallivayalil, treasurer, T. K. Gopalakrishnan Nair (Editor), Sherly Vasu (Kozhikode), M. V. Suresh (Thrissur), T. U. Sukumaran (Kottayam), D. Karthikeyan (Alappuzha) and B. K. Madhumohan (Thiruvananthapuram), (vice-presidents); G. Rajan (Kozhikode), P. S. Vasudevan (Thrissur), Varhgese V. Punnose (Kottayam), R.V. Ramlal (Alappuzha). K. S. Manoj (Thiruvananthapuram), joint secretaries. They will take oath at the 35th annual conference of the Association scheduled at Alappuzha on June 29,

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