Discussions underway on much-hyped Medical Education Bill



Kathmandu, Sept. 30 (RSS): Discussions have been accelerated with bodies concerned to pass the much-talked about Medical Education Bill as soon as possible. 

The sub-committee of the Health and Education Committee of the House of Representatives has forwarded further discussions to pass the Bill from the Committee unanimously at the special request of Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Girirajmani Pokharel. 

Earlier, the government had made preparation to pass the bill on September 27 with the consent of Nepali Congress. However, the bill was not tabled in the Parliament as it was the last day of Budget Session. As per the parliamentary practice, the new bill shall not be tabled on the last day of the House session. 

The Committee had formed the sub-committee to reach to a conclusion regarding the bill. Today's meeting of the sub-committee had consulted with Vice-Chancellor of Tribhuvan University, as well as Office-bearers of Karnali Academy of Health Sciences, Patan Academy of Health Sciences and Nepal Medical Council regarding the bill. 

On the occasion, Minister Pokharel shared the information that preparations were underway to pass the bill as soon as possible. He said, "The bill will make medical education further systematic. It will not hamper the educational and academic programmes of TU and other Health Academies." 

Similarly, Gagan Kumar Thapa said that the last bill of the Budget session was not presented due to some technical problems while Khagaraj Adhikari expressed the belief that the bill would be passed at consensus. 

Likewise, Yogesh Bhatatrai said that the Bill is going to be brought to make medical education more systematic in days ahead while TU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Tirtharaj Khaniya, Rector Prof Dr Sudha Tripathi and Registrar Dilliram Upreti said that they were not in favour of the bill as it affects the autonomy of TU. 

NMC Chair Prof Dr Dharmakant Banskota and Prof Dr Shree Krishna Adhikari said that the Medical Education Commission proposed by the bill would not be fully empowered.