House panel endorses Medical Education Bill that contradicts agreement with Dr KC

Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel at a meeting of the Education and Health Committee of Parliament.

Kathmandu, January 9

The Education and Health Committee in the House of Representatives on Wednesday morning endorsed the revised draft of National Medical Education Bill that apparently contradicts an agreement the government signed with medical education reform activist Dr Govinda KC.

Dr KC is hence likely to begin the next round of fast-unto-death within next few days, demanding the process be stalled.

A meeting of the Committee held this morning endorsed the revised bill by two-thirds majority as all members of the ruling Nepal Communist Party supported it.

Lawmakers of the main opposition, Nepali Congress, voted against the bill, demanding the agreement signed with Dr KC be respected.

As agreed with Dr KC, the bill mentions that a university cannot grant affiliation to more than five medical colleges. However, it also states that institutions outside the Kathmandu Valley will be exception, which is a sharp deviation from the agreement.

It is also against the recommendation of a panel headed by educationist Kedar Bhakta Mathema.

Published on January 9th, Wednesday, 2019 12:00 PM

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