Panel formed to study status of medical education sector

Kathmandu, October 19

Women, Children, Senior Citizens, and Social Welfare Committee of the Legislature-Parliament today constituted a sub-committee to conduct a study on the present status of medical education sector.

The sub-committee comprising members of parliament Banshidgar Mishra, Ratnadevi Gurung, Babita Moktan, and Anuradha Thapa Magar has been mandated to study seat quota, admission procedures and fees, and their criteria, and submit its report to the committee within 15 days.

Ranju Kumari Jha, committee chairperson, said the sub-committee will conduct a fact-finding investigation into alleged irregularities in entrance exams and admission of students. Prior to the formation of the sub-committee, the committee had taken stock of problems facing the medical education sector and efforts made by the government to resolve them.

In response, Health Minister Gagan Thapa informed that the government was making preparations to enact the Medical Education Bill to bring about timely reforms in the sector. The bill is currently sub-judice in the Parliament.

Committee members Shekhar Koirala, Umesh Shestha, Ganeshman Gurung, Baburam Pokharel, Hari Subedi, Jiban Pariyar, Sharada Paudel and Asha Koirala, among others, had also aired their views on the solution to problems facing the medical education sector.