This news will definitely bring a smile on the face of those medical students who find English writing a tough exercise. In a move which may invite criticism from many quarters, the Madhya Pradesh Medical Science University (MPMSU) has allowed medical students to write their exam in `Hinglish’ (a mix of Hindi and English).
Both Hindi and ‘Hinglish would be allowed in all written and oral examinations, a circular issued by the varsity recently said.
“Following a detailed discussion, the board of studies has decided that the students of all colleges will have the option to answer questions in their examinations in English, Hinglish (a mixture of Hindi and English) and Hindi,” the circular read.
The Madhya Pradesh is the only State where the university has allowed students to go for Hindi or ‘Hinglish’ replacement of English word in medical exam. For an example students can write `hart ka daura’ instead of `heart attack’.
Responding to the decision, Dr R S Sharma, the university Vice Chancellor, said the decision was taken as many students especially from rural areas find English a tough language. These students at times leave questions unanswered in exam as they don’t find suitable word in English. Nowonwards students can easily answer questions in Hindi or ‘Hinglish’ whichever language they feel comfortable.
“The decision is being hailed by students and other concerned people as it is bound to help medical students, especially those hailing from rural areas,” Sharma said.
These students also struggle to express themselves effectively in oral examinations, and at times it annoys the examiners, he said.
The varsity has 312 colleges teaching various courses including MBBS, Ayurvedic medicine and nursing affiliated to it. Examinations are held twice a year – in July and January.