KATHMANDU, July 12

The Social Justice and Human Rights Committee of the Legislature-Parliament on Sunday directed the Ministry of Education (MoE), Institute of Medicine (IOM ) and Nepal Medical Council (NMC) to begin the process of resuming MBBS classes at Janaki Medical College (JMC) in Janakpur.

Classes had remained suspended for the past ten months.

The committee today gave a 10-day ultimatum to the concerned authorities to begin MBBS classes and submit its report to the committee.

A meeting of the committee held under the chairmanship of Sushil Kumar Shrestha today expressed concern about disruption of academic activities in JMC due to dispute between members of the management team.

It said that the future of 317 students pursuing MBBS degree at JMC was in jeopardy due to prolonged suspension of teaching-learning activities in the college and directed the concerned authorities to immediately resolve the problems to ensure students’ future.

It also directed the concerned to immediately initiate the process of action against JMC operators and make the provision of appropriate compensation to victimised students.

The committee formed a five-member taskforce to study the existing problems in affiliation and management of medical colleges across the country and submit its report to the committee with recommendations.

Recently, a high-level committee under the coordination of former vice-chancellor of Tribhuvan University Kedar Bhakta Mathema had prepared a report with recommendations for drafting health education policy to end all kinds of irregularities in medical education.

Earlier, MBBS students of JMC had staged a protest in the Kathmandu Valley.