Bhpal-based Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi Vishwavidyalaya has demanded from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to avail students an option to write MBBS course papers in Hindi. "We have asked the MCI to give an option to student pursuing MBBS degree course to write their exams in Hindi as long as it is not possible for it to have Hindi as another medium of instruction."
When candidates have an option to take Pre-Medical Test (PMT) in Hindi, they should also be given a similar facility in MBBS exams," university vice-chancellor (VC) Mohanlal Cheepa said on Saturday. Set up in 2011, the university has been batting for the issue of inclusion of Hindi as a medium of language in MBBS course at medical institutes and has discussed the matter with MCI in the recent past.
When asked why MCI was not permitting to conduct MBBS course in Hindi despite the Rajbhasha Samiti giving its nod on the issue way back in 1991, Cheepa said, MCI cites reason as paucity of medical books in Hindi. "MCI states that they don't have relevant books in Hindi. Therefore, on the occasion of 10th World Hindi Sammelan (held here last week), we along with Hindi Granth Academy collected and displayed 250-300 books (in medical science) to prove that MBBS course can also be taught in Hindi," he said.
The VC said he had suggested to the MCI that it can teach MBBS in English as long as it is not possible in Hindi, but an option should be provided to candidates to write papers in Hindi. Citing figures from a World Health Organisation (WHO) report, he said among students who passed out from prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), 54% go abroad for better future prospects and never return.
The report also stated that bright students from Hindi medium, who are selected for institutes like AIIMS, majority of them lag due to the language constraint while some even take extreme step of committing suicide for failing to cope with pressure due to the change in medium of instruction, he said.
To a query, he said that out of nearly 400 medical colleges in the country, 115 are located in the Hindi belt, and added that he is planning to hold a dialogue with vice chancellors on the issue. He also said that beside MCI, the country has to also change its mindset on the issue that MBBS syllabus can only be taught in Hindi.