2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
I am pissed. I believe I have every right to be. At the same time, I am fascinated by the obvious injustice upon me, as well as how easy it is to prove.
I have failed my Final MBBS exams for the FOURTH TIME! The only problem is, this time, I have actually passed! I have not failed because I do not know enough. No, I have passed, and I can prove it, statistically. I have failed because everyone else at the exam center I was at was allowed to and did cheat, and I can prove it, statistically. STATISTICALLY??? Yes, it can be proven easily. The University has the necessary data required to very easily substantiate my claims.
Human Beings can lie; The data can’t!
Methodology: A very simple longitudinal analysis of the objective portion of my exam results will prove my passing. A longitudinal analysis as well as cross sectional analysis of the overall objective portion of the other students results this time as well as the previous times in lieu of a sample size including all students taking the exams at my exam center, across all colleges of Bombay, as well as all colleges in Maharashtra, will easily prove my claim. This data is available with the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik(MUHSN).
Even without analyzing the data, it is very easy for me to drive the point across; The following is the most basic data currently(August 1st, 2007)available at the MUHS, Nashik Website: http://www.muhsnashik.com/shalaka/tsha1.htm
Course: MBBS Class: Final
RESULT OF MBBS – 4 FOR MAY/JUNE-2007
College Code: 1101: Grant Medical College, Byculla, Mumbai
TOTAL STUDENTS:-> 27 RESULT DECLARED:-> 26 PASS:-> 21 FAIL:-> 5 RESULT:-> 77.7777777777778 %
College Code: 1102: Seth G.S. Medical College, Parel,Mumbai
TOTAL STUDENTS:-> 33 RESULT DECLARED:-> 32 PASS:-> 23 FAIL: > 9 RESULT:-> 69.6969696969697 %
College Code: 1103: Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai
TOTAL STUDENTS:-> 24 RESULT DECLARED:-> 23 PASS:-> 13 FAIL:-> 10 RESULT:-> 54.1666666666667 %
College Code: 1104: Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Sion, Mumbai
TOTAL STUDENTS:-> 16 RESULT DECLARED:-> 15 PASS:-> 11 FAIL:-> 4 RESULT:-> 68.75 %
College Code: 1105: K.J.Somaiya Medical College & Research Centre, Sion, Mumbai
TOTAL STUDENTS:-> 12 RESULT DECLARED:-> 11 PASS:-> 7 FAIL:-> 4 RESULT:-> 58.3333333333333 %
College Code: 1106: Padmashree Dr.D.Y.Patil Medical College, Nerul,Navi Mumbai
TOTAL STUDENTS:-> 26 RESULT DECLARED:-> 24 PASS:-> 18 FAIL:-> 6 RESULT:-> 69.2307692307692 %
College Code: 1107: Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Medical College, Kamothe,Navi Mumbai
TOTAL STUDENTS:-> 50 RESULT DECLARED:-> 48 PASS:-> 39 FAIL:-> 9 RESULT:-> 78 %
College Code: 1108: Terna Medical College & Hospital, Nerul,Navi Mumbai
TOTAL STUDENTS:-> 29 RESULT DECLARED:-> 28 PASS:-> 14 FAIL:-> 14 RESULT:-> 48.2758620689655 %
College Code: 1109: Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Kalwa,Thane
TOTAL STUDENTS:-> 18 RESULT DECLARED:-> 18 PASS:-> 10 FAIL:-> 8 RESULT:-> 55.5555555555556 %
Inferences that can be established from the available data
OH WOW! MGM College is not just better than Terna and D.Y. Patil Medical Colleges, MGM Medical College is better than The Grant Medical College of Bombay. In fact MGM Medical College is the Best Medical College in Bombay, and possibly the BEST Medical College in all of Maharashtra. It has to be; MGM HAS THE HIGHEST PASSING % of them all!!!
Reality: In my career as a FOUR TIME REPEATER for the Final MBBS Exams, the cheating I witnessed this time during the Final MBBS Theory paper was unheralded!!! And, the overall passing results of MGM College shows it! In fact, if I were a student from Terna Medical College, I’d be damn pissed that I was given the same benefit to cheat when I wrote my theory exam at the MGM Medical College Exam Center. The very people who were so bloody stringent against the Terna Students(Which incidentally has the lowest passing results) as the ones who get the maximum benefit for cheating! I do not believe that MGM is a better college than all the others in Bombay, and possibly Maharashtra(as I do not have the passing percentages of the rest of the colleges). As a witness during the examination, I assert, the passing percentage has been falsely increased through unfair means. This is easily seen.
My Intentions: I’m not trying to take anything away from anyone; I believe that efforts have been made by students. But, I also would like to receive due credit for my efforts also. I have not cheated during my Theory paper and there is nobody who was at the exam center who can deny my claim. I am not trying to be a super human, or a god of Medicine, nor do I claim to be. I am an average student wanting to get what I deserve. This time, I did know enough to pass. I failed as a consequence of the rest of the class cheating; I did not fail because I did not cheat. There is a distinct and significant difference between the two. The beauty of it is that I can easily prove that I am telling the truth by a simple statistical analysis, both longitudinally as well as cross sectionally, of the objective portions of the exam results(past and present) collected by the University.
Bigger Picture: Anyone who has passed from this University should be concerned about the information I have presented. In my failure lies the failure of all students who have ever passed from this system. In fact, my case helps to highlight a system to establish a system of checks and balances through which unfair means at an exam center, by a simple retrospective analysis of result data. This will help maintain the value of those past, present, and future, who have graduated from this University.
Conclusion: MGM Medical College’s passing result percentage is more than 2 Standard Deviations above the mean and is statistically significant. It proves, even without analyzing absolute underlying data which can help us understand to what extent an advantage was offered, that cheating did take place. Apart from this post, I wish not to take this further. I would not like my life to get bogged down by this incident. Though, I am concerned, if ever I decide to come back(though unlikely; I’m exhausted and burned out) and complete my MBBS in the future, of suffering the same consequence because everyone else is allowed to cheat. I have peace of mind in knowing there are more important problems in this world for my mind to be applied to, by the Grace of God.
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