Kathmandu, March 14

The government today sacked Vice-chancellor of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences Dr Raj Kumar Rauniyar.

The senate meeting of the institute held on February 28 and March 1 at Baluwatar had decided to dismiss Dr Rauniyar from the post of VC.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health and Population Upendra Yadav, who is also the pro-chancellor of the institute, had proposed to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is also the chancellor of the institute, to sack Dr Rauniyar.

Talking to The Himalayan Times, Minister Yadav said Dr Rauniyar had failed to perform his duties and responsibilities consistent with the decorum of his office. He said, “Dr Rauniyar did not cooperate with the government and was an under-performer in the BPKIHS.”

Minister Yadav also claimed that Dr Rauniyar had been promoting his near and dear ones instead of giving career development opportunities to senior and capable doctors. “Discontent had grown ever since Dr Rauniyar was appointed VC at the institute. That’s why I proposed sacking Dr Rauniyar after a detailed analysis.”

Earlier, Rauniyar was removed from the post of Radiology Department chief by former health minister Gagan Thapa for failing to operate the department efficiently. Rauniyar was appointed as VC on March 2, 2017 when Pushpa Kamal Dahal was the prime minister and Gagan Thapa the health minister.

The Office of the Prime Minister today sent a formal letter to the Ministry of Health and Population in this regard. “We got an official letter regarding the dismissal of VC Dr Rauniyar,” shared Mahesh Chaurasiya, press advisor of health minister Yadav.

According to BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences Act 1993, the term of office of Vice chancellor is of five years.

Meanwhile, VC Rauniyar shared that he wasn’t informed before being sacked from the post. Talking to THT over phone, he said, “I don’t have any information regarding the issue as the ministry hasn’t sent me any formal letter regarding the matter.”