Kathmandu, March 12
Students of Gandaki Medical College Teaching Hospital and Research Centre have requested Tribhuvan University to allow them to appear in MBBS second and third year final exams.
Of the total 600 medical students at GMC, 194 second and third year MBBS students have been affected by the ongoing student protest at the university.
According to Institute of Medicine, MBBS second-year students get three chances to clear the examination. If they do not pass the exam in three attempts, they are not allowed to continue their studies.
“This is my last chance. Our exam has been set for 26 March. If I am not allowed to sit in the exam this time I would be out of university,” shared Anit Sinha, a second year MBBS student.
“We have already filed complaint against college management committee members at the District Administration Office, Kaski. We will not abandon our protest until we get justice. But we want to continue our studies and appear in the examination,” said Paribartan Bhatt, MBBS third year student.
Meanwhile, TU said unless the probe committee submitted its report on irregularities in GMC, the college would not be allowed to run classes and conduct examinations. “The college can’t be allowed to run its programmes before the probe panel submits its report,” shared Sudha Tripathi, rector, TU.
Probe committee coordinator Kusum Shakya shared that the panel might take time to submit its report. “We have not been able to talk to management committee members of the college.” Exam Control Division of IoM, however, said that students could appear in examination later. “There must be teachers, examiners, hospital for practical examination and space for exam centre. However, GMC is not in a position to conduct exam as students have padlocked the college,” said Dr Rajendra Guragain, exam controller.
A version of this article appears in print on March 13, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.