Drafting panel gets down to work

  • health education policy
- BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu

Jan 5, 2015-Amid a raging dispute over new medical college affiliations, the committee formed to formulate a national health education policy commenced work on Monday for recommending solutions to the problems facing the medical education.

The high-level committee, headed by former Tribhuvan University Vice-chancellor (VC) Kedar Bhakta Mathema, has been tasked with developing the policy within three months. The Prime Minister’s Office had formed the committee on November 17 to draft the policy in response to one of Dr Govinda KC´s demands that a panel, comprising experts from the medical sector, be formed to formulate a national medical education policy. He has been demanding for a policy that will set criteria for granting affiliations to new medical colleges and end malpractices in the field.

The committee includes Suresh Raj Sharma, former VC at Kathmandu University; Dr Arjun Karki former VC at Patan Academy of Medical Sciences; Dr Ramesh Kanta Adhikari, former dean at Institute of Medicine (IoM) and Dr Neelkanth Upadhyay, professor at the IoM. Similarly, Guna Raj Lohani, joint-secretary at the Ministry of Health and Population, is a member of the committee, while Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Dilli Ram Rimal is the member-secretary.

According to Mathema, the committee will probe the ongoing malpractice and difficulties in the medical education and recommend a solution. “The committee will evaluate the performance of the existing colleges and assess the need for the new ones after proper mapping,” he told the Post.

The concerned line ministries have separate policies with conflicting provisions for medical colleges. The Education Ministry first grants the Letter of Intent (LoI), the Ministry of Health then determines the number of beds, while the affiliation is either granted by the IoM or the KU.

Around a dozen of medical colleges that have acquired LoI are waiting for the affiliation. Promoters of Manmohan Memorial Medical College, led by a CPN-UML lawmaker, have been pressuring the government and the TU for affiliation. Among the colleges awaiting the affiliation are Peoples Medical College, National Medical College-Ghattekulo, Birgunj Medical College, Oasis Medical College, Jana Maitri Medical College, Kathmandu National College and Pushpa Lal Medical College. Starting last month the KU has started its extended medical programme in Birat Medical College and Devdaha Medical College that were waiting for the affiliation.

High-level committee

- Chairman, Kedar Bhakta Mathema

- Member Secretary, Dilli Ram Rimal, joint secretary Edu Ministry

- Suresh Raj Sharma, former VC Kathmandu University

- Dr Arjun Karki, former VC Patan Academy of Health Sciences

- Dr Ramesh Kant Adhikari, former dean Institute of Medicine (IoM)

- Dr Bhagwan Koirala, former director TU Teaching Hospital

- Dr Neelkanth Upadhyay, professor at IoM

- Guna Raj Lohani, joint secretary Health and Population Ministry

Published: 06-01-2015 09:04

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