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AUCMS students in limbo again due to quota ruling




CYBERJAYA: Parents of students affected by the Allianze University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS) financial crisis are appealing to the relevant authorities to relax the regulations for the medical course at certain private higher education institutions.

Following instructions from the Education Ministry last week, AUCMS students had enrolled in other institutes to continue their studies while the university college sorts out its financial situation.
However, after registering and paying the fees, these students were informed that their chosen institutes would exceed the lecturer-to-student ratio set by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and they would have to be placed in other institutions.

A representative of the parents, Azman Taher, has appealed to the MMC and the Education Ministry to relax the quota ruling so that these students could continue their studies after being in limbo for six months.

“Let the students stay in the university of their choice,” he told the media yesterday after a briefing for students and parents by AUCMS officials at Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS).

He added that about 230 AUCMS students, including his daughter, had registered in CUCMS.
Another parent, who did not want to be identified, questioned why AUCMS and the ministry did not inform them of the quota during the briefing on alternative institutions last month.
“Our children have chosen CUCMS because its syllabus is about 85% similar to AUCMS’,” he said, adding that it was the same scenario at AIMST University and Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak.

During yesterday’s briefing, AUCMS registrar Datuk Basir Elon said the affected students could now choose to enrol in six other institutions – Melaka-Manipal Medical College, UCSI University, MAHSA University, Management and Science University (Bangalore, India campus), SEGi University and Lincoln University College – to continue their studies.
A memo by AUCMS dated Oct 20 said the students would be informed of their new institution by Monday.