Health Professional education was started in Nepal formerly after the establishment of Institute of Medicine (IOM) under Tribhuvan University in 1972 beginning with the training of middle-level human resources for health. Bachelor level courses in Institute of Medicine was started in 1978 and postgraduate studies since 1982.
Similarly, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences was established in eastern Nepal in 1993, Manipal Academy of Health Sciences was established under Kathmandu University as a Kathmandu University affiliated private institution in 199. Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences as a constituent campus started MBBS program in 2001. The National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) was established in 2002 and Patan Academy of Health Sciences in 2008.
Since late 90's, over a period of a decade, numerous private medical institutions were also opened in affiliation to various universities. On one hand, the rapid development of medical institutions helped for fulfilling the gap between the need of human resources for health. In the other hand, there have been issues related to quality in health professional education and also the process and costs related to the entrance examination and student enrollment.
In this context, National Medical Education Act 2075 has envisioned the common entrance examination to be conducted by Medical Education Commission for enrollment of students in various programs and colleges throughout the country. As per the board meeting of Medical Education Commission held on 2076.06.01(18 September 2019). Medical Education Commission bears the responsibility to conduct Postgraduate Entrance Examination in the current academic year and Bachelor level entrance exams from the subsequent year. For conducting the Postgraduate common entrance examination, the commission has felt the need to prepare a common syllabus in consultation with experts from various institutions with experience in postgraduate entrance examination.
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