MBBS Students Take ‘Charak Shapath’ in Madurai College, Dean removed

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The incident happened at the college on April 30, 2022, Saturday. It's upon which an inquiry has been requested.

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Dr. A Rathinaval, the dean of the Madurai College was removed from the post by the government college in Tamil Nadu after the students were made to take an oath of ‘Maharshi Charak Shapath’ instead of the Hippocratic oath that is conventionally administered after students received their white coats at the induction ceremony.

“I always thought that the doctors took a Hippocratic oath. In fact, I’ve been recommending politicians to take the same oath.” Palanivel Thiaga Rajan Finance Minister, Tamil Nadu.

The incident took place at the Madurai Medical College on Saturday, April 30. According to the Times of India, the students reciting the Charaka oath drew the ire of Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, who was among the dignitaries on the dais.

In a press note, the Tamil Nadu government said that the Hippocratic oath has been followed since time immemorial by all medical colleges. The note said that the replacement of the oath with the Hippocratic oath is condemnable, and removed the dean from his post and placed him on a waiting list.

Investigation Requested by Medical and Public Welfare Minister

The Minister of Medical and Public Welfare Ma Subramanian demanded the Director of Medical Education, Dr. Narayana Babu, to execute a departmental inquiry into the matter as rules were violated.

The government stated it would suggest to leaders of all state-run medical colleges via a circular to always follow the Hippocratic oath without fail. The National Medical Commission had just suggested that the Maharshi Charak Shapath should return the Hippocratic oath.

According to recent guidelines, "Modified Maharshi Charak Shapath is advised when a candidate is introduced to medical education." Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had stated in Parliament that 'Maharshi Charak Shapath' would be optional and not moved to medical students

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