CIAA probing TUTH quota irregularity

KATHMANDU: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) today began a probe into alleged irregularities in the entrance exam for sponsored quota of Bachelor's in Nursing (BN) at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).

Receiving complaints from candidates, the anti-graft constitutional body is studying whether authorities concerned were involved in irregularities while selecting students for the Nursing quota.

"We began the investigation," Lalit Bahadur Limbu, Acting Chief Commissioner, CIAA, told this daily.

Complaints were registered accusing the Tribhuvan University Faculty of Medical Science, Office of the Dean, Chairman of the Board of Directors Basista Rijal, Director Keshav Prasad Singh, Matron Jamuna Sayami, TUTH recommendation committee and Operation Theatre in-charge Tara Karki for the irregularities.

They have also been accused of recommending their favourite candidates, disregarding meritorious ones.

There are accusations that Rameshwori Basukala, Prabha Shakya and Dilli Maya Budathoki selected for the hospital quota secured less than 70 marks, while those who had scored higher were abandoned. However, when contacted, Matron Sayami declined to comment.