New Health Education Policy: Central Merit System, MBBS fee 3.5 million



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A high-level committee formed to formulate a national health education policy has submitted its report to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Monday.

The committee headed by former Tribhuvan University Vice-chancellor (VC) Kedar Bhakta Mathema submitted its report amidst a programme at Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar today.

The report suggests forming an apex council under the chairmanship of Prime Minister for overall governing of the medical education. The report also mentions the formation of six directorates to oversee the affiliations to medical colleges, conducting their examinations, among other tasks.

Likewise, the Mathema-led Committee has set a threshold of Rs 3.5 million in fees for an MBBS course . The report suggests the government to promote establishing medical colleges outside Kathmandu Valley. It also suggests taking admission of medical aspirants under central merit-based examination.

UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Health Minister Khagraj Adhikari, Education Minister Chitra Lekha Yadav, Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paoudel, National Planning Commission Vice-chairman Govinda Raj Pokhrel, among high profile dignitaries, were present in the programme.

The Prime Minister’s Office had formed the committee on November 17 to draft the policy in response to one of Dr Govinda KC´s demands that a panel, comprising experts from the medical sector, be formed to formulate a national medical education policy.

Following Dr KC’s demand, affiliations to medical colleges was stopped till a new health policy is drafted based on the recommendation of the Dr Kedar Bhakta Mathema -led Committee.

Source: Ekantipur