Institute of Medicine (IOM) to monitor MBBS Course Fees

2017-12-24

Himalayan News Service

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Institute of Medicine has asked students to deposit enrolment fee directly in the bank account of medical colleges. It has also asked the students to upload the voucher or receipt on the IoM’s website.

“Only after this the IoM will write to the respective colleges to enrol students. The students should also inform IoM if any medical college demand additional fee from students,” said IoM Dean Prof Dr Jagdish Prasad Agrawal.

“We have instructed the students to deposit tuition fee directly in the bank account of medical colleges. It will also help us keep track of colleges that overcharge students and take action against them. We hope this will prevent medical colleges from fleecing students,” said Dr Agrawal.

A student is required to pay Rs 3.8 million for enrolment in medical colleges in Kathmandu and Rs 4.2 million in medical colleges outside the Valley for MBBS course. IoM has allocated a total of 715 seats for medical colleges this academic session.

Seven medical colleges are affiliated to IoM. IoM has written to the Tribhuvan University Executive Council to approve total medical seats before they begin counseling sessions for students. However, TUEC is yet to approve the seats.

The admission for MBBS has been delayed this year after IoM on November 20 decided to cancel the MBBS entrance examination conducted on October 14 after the TUEC concluded that irregularities had taken place in the examination. The committee had reached the conclusion on the basis of TU investigation committee’s report, police report and the report submitted by the committee formed by Nepal Medical Council. The reports revealed that the entrance examination wasn’t conducted in a fair manner.

Police had nabbed over two dozen persons, including students, for cheating and helping test takers cheat in the MBBS entrance examination. Examinees had used sophisticated wireless devices to pass on questions to racketeers, including doctors and educational consultancy operators, who helped the test takers write their papers for money. Later,  re-entrance exam was conducted on December 2.

Of the 9,030 Nepali students who had submitted the form for re-entrance exam, only 7,358 sat for the test. Meanwhile, of the 299 foreign students who submitted the exam forms, only 201 attended the examination. A total of 3,331 students, including Nepali and foreign nationals, passed the entrance examination this year.

Source: Originally this article was published in print on December 23, 2017 of The Himalayan Times