KIST College disputes concern NHRC


Himalayan News Service

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Source: The Himalayan Times

The National Human Rights Commission today said that its serious attention has been drawn to the chaos at KIST Medical College and Teaching Hospital in Lalitpur. A team from NHRC monitored the college today.

Around 600 students have been agitating since July 3 demanding that the college administration fulfill their nine point demand. The students have accused TU-affiliated College of charging exorbitant fees from students, much higher than the fee ceiling fixed by the Ministry of Education, and not paying the monthly stipend at par with Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. Their demands also include constructing a playground and a bigger library in the college, among others. Following the protests from students, OPD services of the hospital and administrative and academic activities of the college have been halted. The college administration, issuing a notice yesterday, had said the OPD services would resume from today but other academic activities would remain halted for a month. In a statement, NHRC Secretary Bed Prasad Bhattarai said that the patients visiting the hospital were facing problems due to ongoing protest in the medical college.

Agitating students yesterday had accused the college administration of using (police) force to intervene in their peace protests. “Use of police on the hospital premises sends a negative message among the general public,” said Bhattarai. “Keeping in mind the fundamental rights of the students to studies and patients’ right to medical treatment, we would like to urge the Ministry of Health and Population, Tribhuvan University, Nepal Medical Council, KIST management and all concerned to resolve all the issues amicably,” the NHRC statement read.