Probe committee suggests reforms in medical education

Kathmandu, February 5

A report submitted by Medical Education Probe Committee 2074 to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has suggested reforms in the health sector.

The probe committee recommended punishment for 43 people involved in irregularities in the medical field. Similarly, it has also suggested reforms in the medical field after several researches, discussions and interviews with experts in the related field.

The committee that was formed on 17 April  2017 — under the chairmanship of Gauri Bahadur Karki, former chairman of the Special Court; with Upendra Devkota, Surya Prasad Gautam and Ministry of Education representatives — was directed to give recommendation regarding the affiliation given to medical and dental colleges (both the extended programmes and new programmes), exam fee, number of quota of officials from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University and Nepal Medical Council.

The committee was directed to investigate the affiliation granted to Kathmandu National Medical College and the fee hike in Kathmandu University. The necessary evidences have also been provided in the report.

The report has recommended that until the National Medical Education Ordinance 2074 comes into effect, the seats for the medical college should be fixed by the university under which the medical college is affiliated.

Similarly for medical colleges established as health academies, the number of seats should be allocated by Nepal Medical Council. It also has recommended establishment of federal medical university which will have the right to give affiliation to not more than three medical colleges in the state.

“During inspection of medical colleges, an expert committee should be represented by universities, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Nepal Medical Council and this committee should inspect medical colleges at least twice a year. The guidelines for basic science should be amended and made timely,” says the report.

The committee has also suggested following the academic calendar for uniformity in medical colleges. It has also recommended punishment for several officials as they were involved in irregularities. It has also recommended action against the medical colleges admitting more number of students, overcharging and not providing quality education. Similarly it has also said that the threshold should be made 70 per cent for students to be selected in reservation quotas so as to maintain quality in medical education.

For the implementation of the report, PM Deuba has handed the report to the Minister of Education Gopal Man Shrestha.