KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Though the Executive Council at National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) have allocated two nursing quotas to the staffers serving at Bir Hospital, the NAMS office bearers have given one of the reserved seats to a general student.
Employees at the hospital accused that the office bearers have already sold a quota and are planning to sell another for their personal gains.
Out of 30 seats in the Post Basic Bachelor in Nursing (PBBN) course, the council meeting held some three months ago had decided to provide two to the staffers and their children serving at Bir. The academy had taken exam for the reserved quotas in which three staffers had competed. "Instead of admitting the passed students, they sold it to a general student," an employee at Bir Hospital alleged.
Jyoti Subedi, 24, a nurse at the hospital of four years, had also contested for the reserved quota seats and passed, has filed a case at the Supreme Court after the academy denied her admission. She had also filed a complaint at the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA). The CIAA had directed the NAMS authority to accept her as a reserved quota student a month ago, but the academy has not yet responded to the directives.
"The internal conspiracies at NAMS have deprived me of an opportunity to study. The classes have already started a month ago," Subedi complained. She said that the two of her colleagues, who had contested for the reserved seats, have gone to other universities frustrated by the academy´s indifference to their pleas. "I have been serving in the hospital´s neuro Intensive Care Unit for the last four years and it is within my right to claim admission into the NAMS college after passing the qualifying exam," Subedi said.
Dr Mukunda Panthi, registrar at NAMS, concedes that an error has happened from some corners, and it might have happened intentionally. "The academy must admit Subedi after the CIAA directive," he said, adding, "The argument given by NAMS on her case seems unconvincing."
The NAMS officials have argued that Subedi has scored less than other students. "If other students have scored more, why don´t they admit the others," Subedi questioned, referring to the two of her colleagues who have since joined other universities. While Panthi said that NAMS Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Damodar Pokhrel could elaborate further on the matter, repeated phone calls to Pokhrel went unanswered.
Subedi complained that she has approached VC Pokhrel severeal times but to no avail. "He keeps saying that he is working to resolve the issue, but I get the feeling of being left in the lurch," she said, adding, "The quota will lapse if they do not admit anybody." Staffers at Bir Hospital have demanded an investigation against the office bearers over what they have described as selling of the reserved quota.