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MCI questions ‘text matter’ written on degree certificates issued by SKIMS

MCI questions ‘text matter’ written on degree certificates issued by SKIMS
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Registrar academics SKIMS says 'it is no issue at all'

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Srinagar: The Medical Council of India (MCI) Tuesday raised queries regarding the text written on the degree certificates issued for various degrees by SKIMS—which is a deemed University.

Those privy to the inspection that was conducted on Tuesday said that the team that was inspecting SKIMS Medical College Bemina, while checking the degrees of resident doctors, as per the norm, raised queries regarding the text, pointing that there was no mention that the candidate has passed the examination after which the degree was awarded.

“MCI team said that there was no mention of whether the candidate has been declared qualified. It also pointed that there were other degrees that are issued by various medical colleges mentioning that the candidate has passed, by clearly writing ‘passed’ in the degree,” insiders said.

The text that SKIMS write on the degree that it issues, reads: “On recommendation of the Board of Examiners hereby admits (name of the candidate) to the degree of (name of the degree) in consideration of the satisfactory completion of all conditions presented in that respect by the statutes of the Institution…”

Similarly, text written on a degree issued by the Jammu Medical College reads: “This is to certify that (name of the candidate) son/ daughter of (names) of (name of the institution) has been admitted to the degree of (name of the degree) having passed the final examination held in the year (year)
“This is the difference that the member of the inspection team raised and said there should have been a clear mention of the candidate having passed the examination,” another insider said.

When contacted, Dr Pervaiz Kaul, Registrar Academics SKIMS told Kashmir Vision that the issue raised by the MCI is not an issue at all and that “it does not matter,” he said.

“The MCI has been conducting the inspection for last 30 years now and never was such a query raised by anyone, and it does not make any sense, as it conveys the same as is written on other degrees,” Kaul said.

While saying that in order to complete the degree, the candidate has to complete various prerequisites and only after that a degree is issued, “this is what we have mentioned in the degree when we write ‘…in consideration of the satisfactory completion of all conditions…’—such a query should not have been raised,” he added.

Irfan Tramboo

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