Sanskrit oath row: Tamil Nadu Government reinstates Madurai Medical College Dean

Chennai, 4/5: The Tamil Nadu Government on Wednesday reinstated A Rathnavel as the Dean of the prestigious Madurai Medical College, three days after transferring him following a controversy over students taking the Maharshi Charak Shapath instead of the usual Hippocratic Oath.



Health Minister Ma Subramanian said the decision to reinstate the Dean was taken after the intervention from Chief Minister M K Stalin who recommended that he be taken back as he has “expressed regret” and also kept in mind his “good work” during the Covid-19 pandemic.


He also announced that Hippocratic Oath will continue to be used in oath-taking ceremonies in Tamil Nadu and warned of action against authorities who deviate from well-established conventions. The minister said the Shapath has controversial contents like a male doctor will treat a female patient only in the presence of her husband or relatives, while the Hippocratic Oath talks about the qualities that doctors should possess.

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