Institute of Medicine had fixed 760 MBBS seats for six medical colleges and teaching hospitals affiliated to Tribhuvan University for new academic session.
A joint IoM faculty, comprising the representatives from Ministry of Education and TU, also decided to slash 25 seats of Birgunj-based National Medical College allowing it to admit only 125 MBBS students.
“A meeting of the IoM’s full faculty also decided to allow Bhairahawa-based Universal College of Medical Sciences to admit only 135 new students, instead of 150,” sources said, adding that the IoM has allocated 140 seats for Chitwan Medical College, 10 less than the previous session.
A member of faculty board told THT that the meeting also decided to increase MBBS intake of Nepali Sena Swasthya Bigyan Sansthan run by Nepali Army at Sano Bharyang in Kathmandu from 100 to 150 seats.
Lalitpur-based KIST Medical College has been allowed to admit 135 students this year, 60 more than the last year.
Pokhara-based Gandaki Medical College Teaching Hospital & Research Pvt Ltd has retained its 75 seats.
The meeting also decided not to make any changes to the last year’s BDS seats allocated for the seven TU-affiliated colleges.
Earlier, a joint team of IoM and Nepal Medical Council reviewed colleges in terms of physical infrastructure, facilities, number of beds and occupancy, number of patients, lab and ambulances for allocating MBBS seats.
The formal admission process will begin once the NMC board reviews IoM decision. “NMC will endorse IoM decision, as it was based on the report of joint inspection team,” NMC sources said.