IoM undecided on affiliation issue

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
IoM undecided on affiliation issue

Mar 7, 2015-

An emergency meeting of the standing committee at the Institute of Medicine (IoM) on Friday failed to reach a decision on granting medical affiliation to colleges as directed by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

The meeting concluded that the issue of affiliation to medical colleges is a “serious” matter and it should be decided only by the faculty board of the IoM. The board is IoM’s highest authority overseeing academic activities.

The IoM had called the urgent meeting following the “controversial” directive from the Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to grant affiliation to medical colleges.

Dr Rakesh Shriwastav, IoM dean, said the date for the meeting of faculty board is yet to be decided. “We need at least 10 days to call the board meeting. Since Tribhuvan University has asked us to decide on the matter as soon as possible, we will hold an emergency meeting of the standing committee members,” said Dr Rakesh Shriwastav, dean of IoM.

A decision from the two-thirds of the 32-member board is required to grant affiliation to new medical colleges. The members include IoM office bearers, doctors from some faculties and representatives of the Ministry of Education as well as Ministry of Health and Population. National Medical College, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences and People’s Dental College are awaiting IoM decision to run MBBS and Bachelor’s programme in dentistry.

Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences has a significant investment from CPN-UML leaders. The party’s lawmaker Rajendra Pandey is its chairman. Similarly, National Medical College is an extension of Birgunj-based National Medical College promoted by UCPN (Maoist) loyalist Basaruddhin Ansari and People’s Dental College is run by Sunil Sharma, who also close to UCPN (Maoist).

Published: 08-03-2015 08:51

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