B P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS)

B P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS)
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B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) was established on January 18, 1993 and subsequently upgraded as an Autonomous Health Sciences University on October 28, 1998 with a mandate to work towards developing socially responsible and competent health work force, providing health care and engaging in health research. BPKIHS is located in Eastern Nepal & it has extended its continued health services through teaching district concept to Primary Health Care Centers, District Hospitals and Zonal Hospitals in six districts of the region.

This Institute is envisaged as one of the finest examples of Indo-Nepal Co-operation. This University is aptly named after Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala, Nepal's visionary leader in social upliftment, firm believer of National Reconciliation and National Integration. Candidates from disadvantaged groups are given opportunities for admission in most of the academic programmes. While selecting candidates for post graduate studies, the Institute has given due recognition to those medical officers who have worked in the primary health centers and district hospitals.

International and National Perspectives of BPKIHS

There are substantial number of Indian students studying in the institute. Indian nationals do not require any visa to enter Nepal.

BPKIHS is an international university in a true sense. Students from The Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Germany and other countries visit regularly for their electives and clerkship.

Research Perspective

BPKIHS is a leading scientific institution in Nepal.

Among the medical institutions of Nepal, the faculty members at BPKIHS publish maximum number of scientific articles in national and international reputed periodicals and journals. It has made BPKIHS well known worldwide in the field of biomedical and educational research.

BPKIHS has its own scientific journal ‘Journal of B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences’ (JBPKIHS).

BPKIHS graduates

The graduates of BPKIHS are welcomed worldwide. A substantial number of MBBS and BDS graduates go to pursue higher level training in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada and other countries. Its graduates perform well in Postgraduate Entrance Exams in Nepal, India and abroad. They are well known around the globe for their quality health service and education.

BPKIHS graduates get attractive offer in jobs in emerging health/ medical institutions of Nepal and across the globe.

Geographic Location, Climate, Weather and Environment

BPKIHS is situated at Dharan - one of the cleanest cities of Nepal, an environment-friendly city surrounded by greenery. BPKIHS has electricity supply round the clock even during the load-shedding hours. In addition, there are hill stations situated at half-an-hour to three-hour drive for recreation. Dharan enjoys comfortable weather round the year, which is its most unique and enjoyable features in this region.


Salient Features

Facilities within the campus

BPKIHS has sufficient playgrounds (for football, cricket, basketball, golf course, tennis court, etc.)

There are shops, canteens, restaurants, banks and ATM outlets within the BPKIHS premises.


There are separate hostels for boys and girls. Staying in the hostel is compulsory for all the students admitted to BPKIHS in order to inculcate habits of scholarship and a sense of belonging. The students themselves manage hostel-mess. The Institute has provided a well-furnished kitchen.


The Central Library is well-equipped and maintained with good collection of medical books and other resources. It is providing services for 15 hours a day from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm (Sunday – Thursday). On Fridays, it opens from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and on Saturdays, from 8:00 am to 6 :00 pm except on public holidays


C.Under Full Tuition Fee Scheme


Seats for MBBS program:

  1. Heavily Subsidized Tuition Fee Scheme (HSTFS): 33 (out of which 4 seats are reserved for Indian Nationals)
  2. Partially Subsidized Tuition Fee Scheme (PSTFS): 37 (out of which 6 seats are reserved for Indian Nationals)
  3. International Tuition Fee Scheme: 45 (This includes candidates from all countries except Nepal)

Seats for BDS program:

  1. Heavily Subsidized Tuition Fee Scheme (HSTFS): 8
  2. Partially Subsidized Tuition Fee Scheme (PSTFS): 47
  3. International Tuition Fee Scheme: 5 (This includes candidates from all countries except Nepal)


The MBBS program of BPKIHS started in 1994, is recognized by Medical Council of Nepal, India and Sri-Lanka. It is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools published by the WHO.

The Institute started BDS program in 1999, which is recognized by the Nepal Medical Council. The duration of both BDS and MBBS Program is 4½ years followed by a year of Compulsory Community Oriented Residential Rotatory Internship, which is mandatory and to be completed successfully at BPKIHS and its Teaching District Hospitals.

Postgraduate programs (MD/MS and MSc) were started in 1999. All the MD/MS, MSc and MPH degree are recognized by respective councils of Nepal and several MD/MS degrees (Anesthesiology, Dermatology and Venereology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Surgery, Radiology, Psychiatry, Otorhinolaryngology, Medicine, Pharmacology and Gynaecology & Obstetrics) are recognized by Medical Council of India (MCI) as well. While selecting candidates for MD/MS postgraduate studies, the institute has given due recognition to those Nepalese medical graduates who have served the primary health centers and/or district hospitals under the government health system.

BSc Nursing program was started in 1996. This program is well recognized within and outside the country. All the nursing degrees are recognized by Nepal Nursing Council. There are separate college complexes for both BDS and Nursing programs in the BPKIHS campus.

The School of Public Health was established in 2005 and it is running a two year MPH program. The MSc Nursing Program in Community Health Nursing, Psychiatry Nursing, Maternal Health Nursing, Child Health Nursing and Medical Surgical Nursing has already been started.

MDS Program has been running since 2011 in Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, Periodontology & Oral Implantology, Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry, Prosthodontics, and Orthodontics. From 2014, MDS in Public Health Dentistry and Oral Medicine & Radiology have also been started.

The allied health sciences course running at present is BSc MIT. In addition, BPKIHS organizes short-term academic programs/refresher courses for national and international students, doctors and faculty members. Continuing medical education on various aspects of health is a culture of BPKIHS.

In the year 2013, BPKIHS has started several DM/MCh courses, Fellowship in Emergency Medicine and MD in Hospital Administration (MDHA)

Recognitions and Accreditation

 Recognized by Nepal Health Professional Council (NHPC)
 Recognized by Nepal Medical Council (NMC)
 Recognized by Nepal Nursing Council (NNC)

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