‘Kathmandu University covering up truth’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
‘Kathmandu University covering up truth’

Jan 11, 2015-Dr Govinda KC, who has been demanding an end to political meddling in medical education, has accused the Kathmandu University of a compromise in granting affiliations to medical colleges to serve the purpose of “political masters”.

Speaking at a press meet on Sunday, Dr KC said the university had tried to cover up the truth by saying that the affiliations provided to Devdaha Medical College and Birat Medical College is not an extension programme. “None of the colleges pays an annual fee to the university in extended programme, while the programme is being run in infrastructure owned by the private investors,” said Dr KC. “They are just tweaking words to grant affiliation.”

He said the classes run at the two colleges should be immediately stopped until the new policy on medical education is formulated.

Biratnagar-based Birat Medical College and Rupandehi-based Devdaha Medical College started MBBS programmes as part of an extension of the KU School of Medical Sciences with November-December intake. The KU, however, claims the model is the first of its kind in medical education in the country. The two colleges, according to the KU, will operate entirely under its jurisdiction, which means the fees, number of students, curriculum, faculty members and principal will be approved by the university.

Dr KC also said the Tribhuvan University is trying to detach the MBBS programme from the IoM to its premises in Kirtipur. “The TU office bearers are desperately trying to grant new affiliations. But this move will be strongly objected,” said Dr KC.

Earlier on Friday, a group of doctors from the IoM had submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, asking him to quash the TU decision to separate the MBBS programme.

“I am not against private or new medical colleges. All I am asking for is a proper system where affiliation is granted purely on the basis on merit,” said Dr KC.

Responding to recent criticism by CPN-UML lawmakers who dubbed him as a lunatic, Dr KC said such lawmakers are experts in their own field but not in medicine and medical education. “Do your work and let us do ours. Some people are using their political clout to grant affiliation,” said Dr KC in a veiled attack on Rajendra Pandey, chairman of Manmohan Institute of Health Sciences.

Dr KC, who has already staged fas-unto-death on four occasions, warned of “non-cooperation movement”, including another death fast if the government reneges on its commitment to reform medical education.

Published: 12-01-2015 09:16

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