Tribhuvan University fires disputed Dean of IOM Shashi Sharma



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Tribhuvan University Executive Council on Wednesday sacked Dr Shashi Sharma, dean of the Institute of Medicine (IoM). Dr.  Shashi sharma was appointed as the dean of Institute of Medicine on January 8. 
The decision comes a day after Chairman of Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi directed the TU to withhold Dr Sharma’s appointment within 24 hours, referring escalating pressure from various quarters.    
Prof. Dr Govinda KC, a senior orthopedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital is fast unto death, demading the resignation of Dean of IOM and reinstating of former dean of TU IOM, Dr. Prakash Sayami.  
Dr Sayami had resigned last December due to his deteriorating health because of  ‘unwanted pressures’ to grant affiliation to proposed medical colleges that lacked basic infrastructural facilities.
Earlier on Sunday, Minister of Education and Co-Chancellor of the Tribhuvan University (TU) had asked the concerned bodies to review Dr Sharma’s appointment. However, TU had bluntly rejected the idea of reviewing the appointment as Dr Sharma was appointed through a legal procedure.
In a bid to pressurise the government and concerned authorities to address Dr KC’s demands, faculty doctors, medical students at TUTH and Nepal Medical Association (NMA) had launched intense protests nationwide. NMA has even directed all hospitals across the country to halt all medical services except emergency.
After Supreme Court on Monday issued a stay order demanding that the health facilities be resumed, over 200 doctors, three assistant deans of IoM and TUTH Executive Director Bhagwan Koirala resigned en masse on Tuesday. Organising a press meet at the Tribhuvan University Teaching hospital  today, NMA called all doctors across the country to resign en masse on Thursday, if government failed to remove Dr Sharma as the Dean of IoM.