While exams are on, the Panjab University (PU) students continue to furnish irrelevant medical certificates made from known doctors in the city, to fulfill the 75% attendance norm to appear for the exams.
In the past three months, starting from September 1, 2016, over 1000 medical certificates have been received at the CMO’s office of PU from all the departments, with over 250 from University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) department alone.
Students’ medical leaves range from 10 days to six months. There are some medical certificates saying that a student need 21-days bed rest due to lower back pain and 30-days bed rest for dengue.
HT yet again got hold of a few medical certificates of the varsity students, and it clearly showed that students have taken advantage of their acquaintance with the doctors in order to take leaves. Surprisingly, a student has got her ortho-related medical certificate from a gynecologist.
Similarly one of the third–year students of University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) has submitted six medical certificates in the past three months mentioning different diseases. With these certificates, she has sought 40-days leave from the department.
Meanwhile, Dr RS Sachdeva, a city-based MBBS doctor who issued the medical certificates to the student at six different occasions, said, “For me, it was a genuine case, which is why I had prescribed her medicines as she wanted to take leave from the University. But I do not remember giving her a total of 40 leaves. It is not practically possible. Her mother who is in post graduate government college, sector 11 is known to me and her daughter has been my patient.”
Commenting on it, dean students’ welfare (DSW) Emanuel Nahar said, “The genuine cases need to be considered and if the students are doing it only to take leaves, we need to verify. There is a committee meeting coming up, in which we shall consider this issue.”
Chairperson of department of laws Vijay Nagpal said, “As a chairperson, I believe there should be a very heavy fine for all those who give fake medical certificates. The processing fee of medical certificate submission should be such that it can be a real check on the parents as well. If the fee supposedly is ₹25,000, parents will ultimately have to come to the varsity.”
Dean university instructions (DUI) Dinesh Gupta said, “There is no fault of the students. I believe the system is at fault, and needs a change.”
It was in May this year when nearly 800 students had furnished medical certificates in eight days suggesting students bed rest ranging from five to 40 days so that they could fulfill their attendance and be eligible to appear in their respective exams. In May, most of the students were issued medical certificates by an MBBS doctor running an ultrasound and X-ray lab in Sector 34. Later, an FIR was also registered against this doctor for allegedly using the stamps of some other doctor.