Monday, 15 August, 2022

Deal reached to resolve medical education issues


By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Jan. 15: A meeting of medical education stakeholders held at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) on Friday decided to resolve the problems facing medical education. A statement issued by the ministry after the meeting stated that they reached an agreement to resolve the problems.
The meeting was held between representatives of Medical Education Commission, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, Kathmandu Medical College, Nobel Medical College, guardians and students regarding the current conflict regarding the medical education fees.

As per the decision, medical institutions are not allowed to take higher fees of medical education than those determined by Medical Education Commission. The meeting also decided to review fee structure of medical education from next academic year at the initiation of the Commission which will declare fee separately to be paid to university, council and medical institutions.
The statement issued by Hari Lamsal, joint secretary of the MoEST, stated that after the all party meeting, the government had decided to review the current provision of integrated examination system. Now, many colleges are facing the shortage of students.

Likewise, the meeting also decided to resolve the problem of hostel fee through dialogue between institutions, students and guardians.
After the meeting, talking with media, Sunil Sharma, founder of Kathmandu Medical College, however, said they had been charging hostel fees in accordance with the rules, so they will not refund the fees.

Meanwhile, a team of All Nepal National Independent Students Union (ANNISU), students’ wings of CPN (Unified Socialist), smeared the founder Sunil Sharma’s face with black shoot protesting against his monopoly in medical education while he was returning from the Ministry after the meeting, Asok Thapa, leader of the union informed.

The students have been protesting for a long time demanding the extra fees be removed. The police arrested Mahesh Shrestha and Amar Pun for their involvement in the incident.