IoM to seek police help to conduct MBBS testThe Institute of Medicine (IoM) has decided to seek help from Nepal Police to curb any malpractices in its upcoming MBBS entrance examination.
The Institute of Medicine (IoM) has decided to seek help from Nepal Police to curb any malpractices in its upcoming MBBS entrance examination.
The IoM said it would write to the Central Investigation Bureau and Metropolitan Police Crime Division to assist its officials to conduct through checks and prevent entry of any sophisticated devices into the examination halls.
“Even in the last entrance exam, we had closely coordinated with Nepal Police. This time too we will take their help,” said Dr Jagdish Agrawal, dean of the IoM.
The MBBS entrance exam held on October 14 was annulled after it was confirmed that question papers were leaked. Fifteen persons were also arrested for using electronic devices to cheat.
The IoM has scheduled the fresh exam for December 2.
The question paper leak issue had called into question the entire examination process and its legitimacy. Though Nepal Police and Tirbhuwan University’s separate probes have confirmed question papers were leaked, they are yet to ascertain how it happened.
The IoM is planning to invite office bearers from the TU and Nepal Medical Council as observers in the examination centres.
The examination will be held from 10am to 12pm and students will not be allowed to leave the examination hall during that period.
No electronic devices—watch, mobile phones, calculator, tablets and earphones among others—will be allowed in the examination hall.
Even pens for the examinees will be provided by the IoM.
Dr Agrawal said there will be seven exam centres in Kathmandu Valley and they will be made public only two days before the exam date.
Around 9,000 students had sat for the last MBBS entrance exam on October 14, which was annulled after the cheating scandal.
Police said people who were arrested with wireless devices had received phone calls when the entrance examination was being held. Also, some of the answers that were circulated through Viber were later confirmed to be correct.
Police say they do not have evidence to show IoM officials’ involvement in