Education Minister urges for consensus for passage of bill in parliament



Kathmandu, Jan 1 (RSS): Minister for Education and Science and Technology Girirajmani Pokhrel has urged the parliament to forward the Bill on National Medical Education as per the main spirit of the agreement reached between the government and Dr Govinda KC.  

He was speaking in the meeting of the Education and Health Committee under the House of Representatives today. The Minister also urged the parliamentarians to move ahead the bill addressing the issues based on consensus on its practical aspects as voiced by the MPs.  

“It would be appropriate to move ahead as per the agreement reached between the government and Dr KC regarding the bill. However, more discussion is required regarding which modality and way to adopt to make the medical colleges non-profit institutions,” he said.  

Speaking in the meeting before this, lawmaker Yogesh Bhattarai had stated that there were no differences in the committee that the main spirit of the bill should be internalized to remove the anomalies seen in the medical education sector, and that the agreement between the government and Dr KC has respected each others’ sentiments.  

Lawmaker Khagaraj Adhikari said there was need of consensus on making some aspects of the bill in tune with the time.  

Lawmaker Gagan Thapa stressed on the need of addressing the questions raised regarding the country’s medical education sector once and for all by implementing in letter and spirit the agreement reached between the government and Dr KC.  Lawmakers Akawal Miya and Chitra Lekha Yadav also suggested resolving the issue as per the same agreement. 

Coordinator of the sub-committee Bhairab Bahadur Singh maintained that the provisions in the bill like not allowing opening of medical colleges in Kathmandu Valley for 10 years, providing affiliation to medical colleges only after 10 years, allowing the opening of medical colleges in places outside the Kathmandu Valley, upgrading the Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery and CMA education so as to terminate these programmes within five years and the doctors studying on government scholarship required to compulsorily work in the mountainous and remote districts for two years were in keeping with the spirit of the agreement.  

The discussions on the bill have concluded in the sub-committee today and it would be given the final shape on Wednesday.