NMC told to implement SC decision on KNMC

Kathmandu, November 6

The Ministry of Education sent a letter to Nepal Medical Council on November 6 telling it to continue the affiliation given to Kathmandu National Medical College, Ghattekulo, and allocate seats as per the NMC regulation 1968 for its MBBS programme.

The letter was sent on the basis of the Supreme Court’s decision. The SC had stayed the implementation of Tribhuvan University Executive Committee’s decision to scrap affiliation granted to KNMC on October 25.

“We needed to forward the order to the concerned body after the Supreme Court’s decision,” informed Hari Lamsal, spokesperson at the Ministry of Education.

“We have received the letter from Ministry of Education regarding the allocation of seats. We need to discuss the letter,” informed Dr Dilip Sharma, registrar, NMC.

A single bench of Justice Damber Bahadur Shahi had issued the order in response to a petition filed by Jainuddin Ansari of KNMC.

TU had scrapped the affiliation given to KNMC on September 6 after a three-member probe committee formed by the university submitted its report.

The probe committee had recommended to the university to cancel the affiliation granted to the college after a field inspection. The committee said the hospital did not have necessary infrastructure for running a medical college.

Earlier, TU had granted affiliation to the medical college to run MBBS programme on July 27 following an order from the SC.

The health ministry had ordered closure of the hospital after an eight-member probe committee found the hospital to be running illegally.

The medical college had applied for approval to run the hospital in 2011, 2015 and 2017 at the Ministry of Health. However, the applications were rejected as the hospital failed to submit necessary documents for acquiring approval to run hospital.