IoM conducts MBBS entrance test amid tight securityThe Institute of Medicine (IoM) on Saturday conducted the MBBS entrance exam at seven centres in Kathmandu Valley amid tight security.
The Institute of Medicine (IoM) on Saturday conducted the MBBS entrance exam at seven centres in Kathmandu Valley amid tight security.
The exam was conducted after an earlier test held on October 14 was called void following confirmation from Nepal Police and Tribhuvan University’s investigations that question papers were leaked.
Police guarded all the centres where examinees were allowed to enter only after a thorough checking.
No electronic devices—watch, mobile phones, calculator, tablets and earphones among others—were allowed in the examination hall. Even pens for the examinees were provided by the IoM.
During the earlier exam on October 14, electronic devices were found to be used to cheat. Fifteen persons were arrested.
The exam on Saturday was held at Little Angles’ School and College, Hattiban; DAV School and College, Dhobighat; Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk; Advanced College of Engineering and Management, Kupandole; Bhanubhakta Memorial Secondary School, Panipokhari; and Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Maharajgunj.
International examinees took their exam at Maharajgunj Nursing Campus, Maharajgunj.
SSP Dibesh Lohani, chief of the Metropolitan Police Crime Division, said security walkthrough gates were installed at all the centres. Metal detectors and jammers too were used.
The exam passed off peacefully with no suspicious activities, said Lohani.
According to the IoM, 8,731 Nepali students had applied for the exam. Of the 299 foreign students registered, 201 sat for the exam, said Dr Rajendra Guragain, assistant dean of the IoM.
“Many Nepali students did not show up for the exam,” added Guragain.
To keep fake examines at bay, the IoM had tallied the admit cards with the original records kept at the IoM to ensure that no one enters exam hall with a photoshopped ID.
According to Dr Guragain, results will be published as soon as possible so that the admission process can start.
TU’s MBBS academic calendar usually starts on Mangsir 1 (November 17), but this time the admission process has been delayed after the cheating and question paper leak scandal.