CIAA prescribes reforms in med education sector

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 31, 2015-

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority has directed the government to issue Letters of Intent only after assessing the human resource available and the need for medical colleges.

Issuing a directive to Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal on Tuesday evening, the anti-graft body said LoIs should be issued to medical institutions only after consultation with the National Planning Commission, Ministries of Education and Health, Nepal Medical Council and the university concerned.

One of the demands of Dr Govinda KC, who has been on a hunger strike for the past 10 days, is to form a high-level panel to probe the “involvement of the CIAA chief to press for new affiliations”.

Tribhuvan University Vice-chancellor Hira Bahadur Maharjan had clarified on Sunday that the TU had taken up the affiliation process following concerns from the CIAA.

The anti-graft body has asked the government to ensure that the medical colleges meet the set criteria before allowing them to impart medical education. “Officials involved in granting affiliations to medical colleges without completing the set process should be booked,” read a statement issued by CIAA Assistant Spokesperson Keshav Ghimire.

The commission also asked the government to form a team comprising officials from the university and Nepal Medical Association to conduct three surprise checks before granting the affiliation. It also wants such a committee to submit reports to the NMA, Health Ministry and Education Ministry within a week of conducting field monitoring.

The corruption watchdog also asked universities to conduct common entrance tests for students applying for MBBS, BDS, MD, DM and MCH programmes. The council has been directed to supervise the exams.

The letter directs the Education Ministry to issue No Objection Certificates to medical students applying for overseas study only after acquiring certificates of their eligibility and pre-departure counselling on the college from the NMC.

The commission directed the authorities to revise, and bring uniformity in, the fees that students pay to medical colleges.

It also asked the government to ensure that deserving students get scholarships, and to formulate an umbrella Act to monitor the medical sector.

Meanwhile, CIAA chief Lokman Singh Karki said his office had not pressed KU to grant affiliations to two medical colleges as claimed by Dr KC, who has demanded probe into the matter.

 

Published: 01-04-2015 08:28

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