The Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) has invited criticism by asking students seeking admission to undergo HIV test.
The new academic year will begin next month. Though no student has tested positive so far,they have criticised the move. The PMCH,however,has not issued any written order to this effect.
Students seeking admission to MBBS say that medical tests are not mandatory. Though medical tests are optional even at the PMCH,the administration has been insisting that all students undergo HIV test, said a student.
PMCH Principal N P Yadav said,Though we have not issued any fresh order,we are ensuring all desirable medical examination including HIV test for students. We know these tests are not mandatory. We will take a call in case any student tests HIV positive.
Asked if the PMCH has any plans to segregate HIV positive students or deny them admission,Yadav said: No one has tested positive so far. But how can we allow HIV positive students to study with normal students? We will seek opinion of experts and see existing provisions if any student tests
Bihar Health Secretary Sanjay Kumar said that students,irrespective of their HIV status,cannot be segregated. I have not heard of any such provision. I will check this with PMCH, said Kumar.
The other five medical colleges of Bihar have not initiated any such move.