Students pursuing undergraduate degrees under the Institute of Medicine (IoM), have warned of protest if the government did not withdraw the controversial decision of the Tribhuvan University (TU) to shift the undergraduate programmes to a kirtipur based private medical college.
“if the government did not withdraw the decision, we will lead a movement against it, “ they said.
Students, officials and doctors of the IoM had submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and organized an hour long sit in against the decision on Friday in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence.
“However, no respsone has been received about it,” Dr. Subarna Gautam, a student pursuing studies under the orthopedic department, said.
Currently, seven undergraduate programmes, namely MBBS, BPH, B. Optometry, B.Sc MIT, B.Sc MLT, BASLP and B. Pharmacy are running at TUTH under IoM.
The TU senate meeting had decided to shift all these undergraduate programmes of IoM to Kirtipur in collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organization, Public Health Concern Trust Nepal (Phect-Nepal).
“All students are united on this issue and we will not allow the TU to hand over the programmes to an NGO”, Dr. Gautam added.
At a convocation ceremony of Tribhuvan University, TU Vice Chancellor Hira Bahadur Maharajan publicly announced that the TU had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Phect-Nepal, to run all under graduate programmes of IoM at its kiritpur based community hospital.
According to Dr. Gautam all officials and doctors at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital were against the decision. “We will go ahead with our protest programme if the government did not respond to our demands by tomorrow,” he said.