Two medical colleges seek hefty extra sums

  • MD/MS admission
- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu

Jul 14, 2017-

Flouting the fees limit set by the Tribhuvan University, private medical colleges have demanded additional Rs1.6 million to Rs1.8 million from students who are on the merit list for enrolment in MD/MS courses.

The TU has set Rs3,099,396 as the ceiling for MD/MS and MDS (dental) courses. Its affiliated medical colleges, however, have been charging as much as Rs7 million to Rs10 million for courses like Radiology and Orthopaedics.

Apart from demanding exorbitant sums, the medical colleges have coerced students into signing “blank” contracts.

The National Medical College, Birgunj and the Universal Medical College, Bhairahawa, have rejected students on the merit list despite directives from the TU’s Institute of Medicine (IoM), the governing body, to admit them.

The refusal to abide by the directives has affected more than 60 students who are eligible for admission at the two medical colleges affiliated to the TU. 

A group of students visited the National and Universal colleges on Thursday, only to hear from the administration that they cannot enrol the students from the IoM list.

The Supreme Court has ordered the colleges to admit students only on the basis of merit. The medical schools have responded that they have already enrolled students.

“Both the colleges directly said they cannot implement the fees set by the TU,” said a doctor on the merit list. 

The students lodged complaints at the District Administration Office, Rupandehi and the Parsa DAO, seeking help for enrolment within the fee limit. Students said although the chief district officers pledged to address their concerns, they did not get into action immediately.

Published: 14-07-2017 08:00

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