The establishment of Karnali Academy of Health Science has made new history in Karnali.

With the official launch of much-awaited MBBS programme at KAHS, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari hoped that a new chapter of progress had begun.

President Bhandari said this while inaugurating the MBBS programme at KAHS in Jumla today. "Karnali bears special identity in the country. It has been known as the province of khas arya community and Nepali language since ancient time," she reminded, adding that the glorious Sinja civilisation also developed here.

She further said the KAHS would give special recognition to the Karnali region. It has huge potential, Bhandari said, underscoring the need for utilisation of potential for economic progress of the people and transformation of the province.

President Bhandari recollected the value of agricultural production, herbs, handicrafts, lakes and rivers, and religious and tourist destinations that have enriched Karnali Province.

She congratulated Nepalis who had cherished the dream of studying MBBS in their own region. She also thanked the Karnali people, intellectual circle, academic persons, government and other stakeholders who contributed to make MBBS study possible in Karnali. She also laid the foundation stone of a building being constructed for a college. It is being built at a cost of Rs 760 million.

Academy Vice-chancellor Dr Mangal Rawal informed that the academic programmes of MBBS, B Pharma, BNS, BMS and other programmes had started at KAHS from today itself.

Chief of Karnali Province Tilak Pariyar said formal inauguration of MBBS programme at KAHS had shown improved health indicator of Karnali region.

"It is a milestone in the health sector of the country," he observed.

Vice-chancellor Dr Rawal also extended thanks to all sectors extending support to launch the MBBS programme at KAHS.

A version of this article appears in the print on December 13, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.