IOM medical and dental entrance exams begin today

- Post Report, Kathmandu
Overall, 17,660 students have submitted their forms to take various medical entrance exams conducted by the Institute of Medicine

Sep 22, 2018-The Institute of Medicine (IoM) will conduct entrance examinations for various undergraduate courses from Saturday in the Valley.

The institute will conduct exams from Saturday to Monday. The medical entrance exams for various undergraduate courses have already started in the country.

Previously, the government had planned to conduct common medical entrance for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in all the medical institutions for this upcoming session.

The Medical Education Commission (MEC) failed to conduct the exams because lack of infrastructures and resources. After the plan was cancelled, universities and medical institutions conducted their own entrance examinations for the academic session.

Overall, 17,660 students have submitted their forms to take various medical entrance exams conducted by the IoM.

MBBS entrance exam has attracted the maximum number of students (9,522) followed by BDS (2,159), B Sc Nursing (1,886), Bachelor in Public Health (1,078), Bachelor of Pharmacy (868), and Bachelor in Nursing Science (831).

Likewise, 467 have applied for Bachelor of Optometry, 381 for Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology (B.Sc.MLT), 284 for Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), 145 for Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Technology (B.Sc.MIT), and 39 for Bachelor of Audiology Speech Language Pathology (BASLP), according to the IOM.  

While Kathmandu University (KU) has already conducted the entrance exam for undergraduate medical courses, the B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences will conduct its entrance exams on October 6.

Patan Academy of Health Sciences has not yet declared the date for conducting the entrance exams for the new session.

The new seat numbers for various medical institutions under Tribhuvan University (TU) are also pending. IoM Dean Dr Jagadish Prasad Agrawal said, “We have sent the number of seats that medical colleges will require for the new session to the Executive Council of TU. They will give us the permission.”

Since the government has not announced the new fee structure, colleges will follow the existing fee structure for this session, Dilliram Uprety, Registrar of TU told The Post.

“The government has not declared the new fee structure yet due to which the colleges will follow the existing fee structure. Seats for institutions would be declared soon,” Uprety said.

As per the government’s fee structure, colleges within the Kathmandu Valley should charge Rs 3.8 million while private medical colleges outside the Valley should not charge more than Rs 4.24 million for MBBS course. Similarly, BDS course fee has been set to Rs 1.9 million.

Published: 22-09-2018 06:48

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