Imphal, Jan 29:
The Federation of Civil Society Organisations (FOCS) in Manipur has strongly condemned the recent initiative by the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) to launch online classes for students displaced by the ongoing conflict. In a press statement issued by FOCS’s Information and Public Relations Secretary, Nerish Mangang, the organization expressed its objection to the notification released on January 10, 2024, by the Dean (Academics).
The FOCS argues that while online classes may be suitable for theoretical aspects of education, medical studies, particularly in the field of healthcare, involve crucial practical components that cannot be effectively conveyed through virtual means. Medical education, they assert, is a discipline that directly impacts the well-being and lives of individuals, making practical classes an indispensable part of the learning process.
Highlighting the severity and responsibility associated with medical education, FOCS emphasizes that these students are future doctors, who will play a vital role in safeguarding public health, should undergo comprehensive training.
The statement underscores the viewpoint that online education in the medical field is insufficient and inadequate, given its inability to replicate the real-life scenarios and practical experiences essential for medical professionals.
The FOCS warns that “if JNIMS persists in this endeavour, the institute will bear the entire responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting from this decision.” The organization calls for a reconsideration of the decision, urging JNIMS to prioritize the quality and effectiveness of medical education for the benefit of the students and the community at large.