Open book or cheating issue: social media on fire in Kashmir. A picture of the exam went viral and some users misunderstood it as copying. An open book assessment of MBBS students in Kashmir set social media on fire. The assessment was conducted for the first time by department of community medicine, Govt. Medical College (GMC) Srinagar on Wednesday to check the analytic skills of students rather than testing their memory strength.But unfortunately pictures of the medical students wearing white gowns went viral with many users misconstruing it as mass copying. “Someone had forwarded pictures of GMC Srinagar examination center. Please have a look upon it. Is it really Srinagar or GMC Bihar?” wrote one astonished Facebook user.Head of the community medical department, Dr Muhammad Salim Khan said that the exam was conducted to give students an idea of new forms of assessments in vogue outside the state. He said that open book system tests the ‘higher order thinking skills’, which is based on analytic skills and comprehensibility of examinees rather than testing their memory strength.He said that the questions are complex ones, not just copy and paste from the books which are consulted to aid in responding the conceptual questions. “Even as our attempt was appreciated by many, however some have misconstrued it as mass-copying and these elements are spreading their misconception to malign the Kashmir medicos which is highly deplorable.
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