Negligence costs 24 scholarships
The ministry committed a mistake by publishing the notice on January 9th giving a month's time to apply, but there were hardly two weeks left for the government to nominate candidates. The Thai government's letter asking for nomination of 24 students reached the ministry on 8th January, while the last deadline was 20th January.
But the ministry on January 9 called for applications before February 8 from interested candidates by publishing advertisement in Gorkhapatra giving a month's time.
The Thai government had provided three seats each for Master of Science in Pharmacy Program, Master of Science in Tropical Medicine, Master in Nursing Science in Nursing Administration, Master of Science in Health Economic, Master of Public Health Program in Health System Development and Master of Arts in Health Social Science. Similarly, six seats for Diploma Course in Dermatology were also provided.
The Scholarship Committee selected candidates from among 91 applicants but none of them could go for study because the timeline for nomination was already over. After the ministry collected applications, it was supposed to screen as per the criteria fixed by the committee and select the candidates.
Publication of notice was not mandatory though. The ministry could have selected from within its official process because all the quotas were for staff working under the ministry.