Universal and National deny enrolment again

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu

Jul 1, 2017-

Despite the Supreme Court’s interim order to enrol students on the merit list, two medical colleges affiliated to the Tribhuvan University have denied students admission yet again.

The SC on Wednesday ordered the medical colleges to admit students in postgraduate programmes on merit basis. A single bench of Acting Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli also ordered the colleges to follow the fee structure fixed by the TU.

The Universal Medical College, Bhairahawa, and the National Medical College, Birgunj, defied the apex court’s order issued after students on merit list, who visited the colleges for admission, were turned back.

“Universal declined to admit us even on Friday,” said a doctor who is on the merit list prepared by the TU Institute of Medicine for postgraduate study. “The administration acted as if it were unaware of the interim order.”

The doctor said the officiating principal and CEO did not accept applications from the meritorious students. When the students approached the chief district officer, they were told that action can be initiated only after an official letter is received stating that the college defied the court’s order. Students were treated similarly by the National College.

On Friday, the IoM wrote to both colleges to warn that admissions of those not on the merit list would not be recognised. It has directed the medical colleges to immediately admit the students based on their merit.

The Universal has to take in 37 students for several post-graduate courses while the National has to admit 29 students. 

Both colleges have admitted students who figure low on the IoM list while those with good marks have been rejected. The colleges have been found admitting students with scores as low as 50 while denying enrolment to those who have secured over 70 marks.

Published: 01-07-2017 07:48

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