In a first, Madhya Pradesh Medical Science University has decided to let students use ‘Hinglish’ (a mix of Hindi and English) in examinations. According to a circular issued by the university on May 26, this rule is applicable in both oral and written exams, PTI reported.
“Following a detailed discussion, the board of studies has decided that 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,” it said.
University vice-chancellor RS Sharma said the move will help medical students especially those from rural areas who are not at ease in writing in English even when they know the correct answer.
“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,” he told PTI. Giving an example, he said a student can now write ‘hart ka daura’ instead of ‘heart attack’ in the examination.
These students struggle to express themselves effectively in oral examinations, and at times it annoys the examiners, he quipped. The varsity has 312 colleges teaching various courses including MBBS, Ayurvedic medicine and nursing affiliated to it.
However, the varsity’s move has been given a cold shoulder on social media. Expressing their displeasure, Twitteratis cautioned that use of Hinglish could “just ruin medical education completely.”
This is a retrograde step. This will kill both Hindi and English. Nothing wrong in using Hindi for unfamiliar and new terminology …but a free hand given to mix both the languages will harm Hindi the more.
— Krish (@rettavayal) May 31, 2018
They will prescribe in hinglish like that ___kill__
India __ dil ____
— priyanka Dwivedi (@piyadwivedi1) June 1, 2018
Oh God I can’t think of a worse way to kill off a language, not that it’s not dying on its own anyway
— TheSignOfFive (@TheSignOfFive) June 1, 2018
Can they work or do teach in hospitals and colleges? What will be the effect on employability? Prospects of post-graduation, super speciality? Do they want the students live english-handicaped for life?
— MURLI GOPAL KRISHNAM (@dr_murli) May 31, 2018
This will just ruin medical education completely.Hindi is option for non english students. What about tamilinglish and kannarish
— ________ (@Abbaa_Jaan) May 31, 2018
Worst thing ever… if they can’t handle proper written/spoken English, how come they can study and understand the syllabus which is 100% in English…?
— _ (@TonyBoubady) May 31, 2018