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34 Indian students of Janaki Medical College denied MBBS exam

- SANTOSH SINGH, DHANUSHA

Dec 19, 2018-

Thirty-four Indian students at Janaki Medical College in Janakpur have been deprived of MBBS exams as the institution was found to be enrolling them without conducting entrance test.

The college’s sheer negligence came to the fore after the Institute of Medicine (IOM) rejected examination forms of the Indian students citing that they had not appeared in the entrance examination. Consequently, 34 MBBS first year students from various provinces of India will be deprived of the board examination scheduled to begin on December 20.

The IOM conducts the entrance examination for MBBS students across the country.

“We have records of only 46 students studying MBBS first year in Janaki Medical College. We do not know other students,” said IOM Dean Dr Jagadish Prasad Agrawal, adding that the IOM could not include the unregistered students in the board exam.

“The exam of 34 MBBS students from India is in confusion as the IOM rejected their exam forms,” said Dhandhwoj Malla Thakuri, executive chief at the college.

The Janakpur-based medical college, which has been running MBBS classes for 13 years, had filed a writ petition at the Patan High Court for involving the students in MBBS exam. However, the High Court scrapped the writ last week, leaving the fate of the students uncertain. “Efforts are on to include 34 students in the MBBS examination,” said Thakuri.

The college administration claimed that the Indian students were enrolled into the MBBS programme by the previous management. The college management changed six months ago. OP Sharma now owns the college.

Owing to employees’ protests and disputes among the operators, there have been six changes in management so far. Citing various reasons, the IOM has reduced the MBBS seats in the college to 50 from the existing 80 for the upcoming batch.

The students of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Punjab, New Delhi, Gujarat and Rajasthan of India have paid hefty fees to the college. Sources said that an Indian student paid around Rs5 million to study MBBS there. “The students got admitted to the college through Indian consultancies. They do not have clear documents required for admission,” said the source. The Indian students claimed that they attended “classified exam” in India before admission. “We’ll go to the court again requesting place in the exam. Indian students like us studying at National Medical College in Birgunj have been included in the MBBS exam. Why can’t we appear in the exam similarly?” asked a student seeking anonymity.

Published: 19-12-2018 07:38

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