MBBS scholarship awardees warns of Protest

2015-01-05

Himalayan News Service

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The delay in admission for the MBBS course in Kathmandu University-affiliated colleges has irked the scholarship awardees no end, and they have warned that they would resort to protests if the process is not started at the earliest. 

The scholarship awardees have accused the government, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Population and Nepal Medical Council in particular, of sheer negligence, saying that the delay could put their future in jeopardy. 

The entrance exam for the MBBS course is conducted by the MoE and scholarship quota is provided by NMC. But MoHP has halted the admission process, stating that NMC was distributing ‘the quota arbitrarily’ and that it wanted to do a thorough investigation before the colleges started enrolling the students. 

The students have also charged that the admission process was thrown into a state of limbo because of ‘political differences between the heads of NMC and MoHP’. 

More than 200 students, including those wishing to pursue BSc nursing and BDS, have been affected due to the delay.

Krishna Kharal, coordinator, Medical Scholarship Students’ Struggle Committee, today said they were awarded scholarships in December last year but admission was yet to begin. “If the situation continues to be like this, we will be forced to launch a nationwide protest,” he added.

“Internal disputes among the government bodies — MoE, MoHP and NMC — could jeopardise our future,” he added. 

Hari Bohara, a scholarship awardee, said that the classes were supposed to start from August, but they were still waiting for the government to start the admission. 

Achyut Prasad Bhatta, central committee member of All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary which is aligned to the Unified CPN-Maoist, said his union supported what scholarship awardees were claiming. Bhatta, who is also the chief of the medical department of ANNISU-R, said “If the government fails to start the admission process at the earliest, we will support the students’ protest.”

Dr Damodar Garurel, Chairperson, NMC, said “We have already forwarded all the related documents to MoHP for investigation”. “We had also asked the ministry to begin the admission process and carry out investigation simultaneously, but we are yet to receive a reply.”

An official at the Ministry of Education said the ministry was trying to address the issue so that admission process could be started as soon as possible. 

Source: The Himalayan times.