The assistant deans of the Institute of Medicine (IoM) have not assumed office, say- ing their appointment letters have mentioned “ambiguous office term”.
Although the term of the assistant deans is of four years, the appointment letters issued to the officials state that they are given the “responsibility” until “next decision”.
Dr Dwarika Shrestha, Dr Rajendra Guragain, Dr Madhu Devkota and Mandira Pant were appointed assistant deans at the IoM on Monday, the day Dr Govinda KC began his fast-unto-death, for an 11th time.
The hasty appointments were apparently aimed at pacifying the agitating doctor. But that move did precious little to make Dr KC backtrack on his hunger strike decision.
Dr Jagdish Prasad Agrawal, the IoM dean, said the appoint- ed officials were yet to assume office.
The officials said the ambig- uous term in their appoint- ment letters would mean they could be easily removed or replaced through another decision by Tribhuvan University. Even Dr KC, whose hunger strike entered the third day on Wednesday, has stated that the assistant deans should be given a four-year term appointment.
“We really want to work as assistant deans. But the cur- rent appointment states that we are given this responsibili- ty until another decision. This clearly means that we are appointed just to run day-to- day affairs and we cannot work on long-term plans and won’t be able to take vital deci- sions,” said Dr Guragain. “This clearly undermines our decades of service and experi- ence. We are not running
away from our responsibili- ties but our appointment must be for a four-year term.”
All the officials had also expressed their reservations about their appointments to the dean.
All of the four appointed officials were recommended by IoM Dean Agrawal.
Interestingly, Dr Pratap Narayan Prasad, who was also appointed the chief of the Maharajung Campus of IoM along with the appointment of four deans, has been given a full four-year term.
A source at IoM’s Office of the Dean said that the way the four assistant deans were appointed shows ill intention of the TU, as the move was made only to halt Dr KC’s hun- ger strike plan.
“This is a real short-sight- edness on the part of the TU,” said the source. Office bearers of TU were not available for comments despite repeated attempts.
(Source: The Kathmandu Post, published on 27th July, 2017)