Institute of Medicine (IoM) under the Tribhuvan University (TU) on Thursday decided to halt affiliation to medical colleges for a time being.
Two of the 32 members of the board insisted that the IoM should abide by the TU decision. A majority of the board members, including Dr Sarad Onta, assistant dean of the IoM, Dr JP Agrawal, medical educationist, and Dr Chandeshwor Mahaseth, director of Kanti Hospital, said the IoM does not have the capacity to provide affiliations to new colleges.
The IoM Faculty Board made a decision to the effect despite pressures from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers to forward pending affiliation applications.
The Faculty Board, the highest authority of IOM' for academic activities, decides affiliations. A two-thirds majority of the board has to agree to new affiliations. With the indecision, preparations by Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, National Medical College and People’s Dental College to run MBBS classes have been withheld for now.
On November 7, three teams lead by medical experts had recommended that National Medical College of Ghattekulo, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences and People’s Dental College could be granted affiliation as they fulfill all the required criteria set by the government.
Although 12 medical colleges have got the Letter of Intent from the ministry, the three have been influencing the board for the past two years to acquire affiliation to the TU.