KATHMANDU: Nepali students who have completed MBBS course from various Chinese universities are unable to intern in China as Beijing has not permitted their re-entry citing the Covid 19 pandemic, according to media reports.
As many as 153 students who have completed their theory courses from China have not been able to complete their studies since they have not been allowed to return to Beijing citing the Covid 19 pandemic.
Nepali students had returned home in early 2020 following an outbreak of the coronavirus. They completed their theory education online and the universities have issued the certificates. However, they have not received their MBBS degree yet due to lack of internship experience.
An MBBS student needs a year of internship after five years of study. The students enrolled in 2015 and 2016 have suffered since China has not permitted their re-entry.
China was the most preferred destination for Nepali students to study medicine until the government decided to bar these students studying abroad from doing internships in Nepal. Now, most students travel to Bangladesh for MBBS studies.
The education consultancies who facilitated the students to get enrolled in the Chinese universities say most of the universities have embedded the Chinese language in the five years course where the language is taught along with the core course.
“There is no additional one-year language course in most of the universities,” said Milan Gyawali, managing director at Speed International Education Consultancy.
“The students get the certificates of language study but the Government of Nepal does not accept such certificates,” he added.