KATHMANDU: The Association of Private Medical and Dental Colleges of Nepal demanded that the government withdraw its decision to implement recommendations of National Policy Report on Medical Education prepared by a panel led by Kedar Bhakta Mathema, and the agreement signed with Dr Govinda KC on Saturday.
After the government signed a deal with Dr KC on Saturday and Dr KC ended his fast-unto-death this afternoon, the organisation on Sunday claimed that private colleges would automatically shutdown if the recommendations and the agreement were implemented.
“If the government is planning to provide health services and education in a state-controlled fashion,” Association’s Acting President Suresh Kumar Kanodia warned, “We are ready to handover the colleges currently being run to the government.”
“If the state tries to implement some recommendations of the report, it is almost sure that the medical and dental colleges run in the nation will crumble down,” Kanodia said in a statement issued at the press meet.
Kanodia demanded that the government coordinate with concerned stakeholders before implementing the report.
The private institutions have been arguing that some recommendations of the Mathema report, including restriction on the number of MBBS students and their fees, promotion of decentralisation of medical education and a halt to give affiliation to new medical colleges, would put their business at risk.