Padlocked IOM Office unlocked after three weeks

Published On: December 27, 2016 01:10 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

6-point agreement includes:
Ø    Report submitted by team of Dr Rameshkant Adhikari about criteria to appoint dean be approved from Tribhuvan University senate after necessary amendment
Ø    To appoint next deans on the basis of set criteria of seniority, quality, performance capacity, and dedication
Ø    Negation of strike and closure against valid appointments of dean and officials
Ø    Adopting transparency and discussing with stakeholders while formulating policies
Ø    To set a standard while forming a committee for dean appointment
Ø    To include members of professors'union of the campus in board of faculty, invite them in faculty board members' meeting
Ø    The agreement be documented from the joint meeting of departmental chiefs and struggle committee

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: The padlocked office of the Institute of Medicine has been unlocked from Monday after a six-point agreement was reached with the padlocking group of professors' association.

After Dr JP Agrawal, seniormost doctor of IOM, was appointed the dean, the group of professors belonging to the professors' association affiliated to the Nepali Congress, padlocked the office of IOM three weeks ago, demanding the resignation of Dr Agrawal from the post of dean.

Dr Agrawal, who was appointed dean of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on December 4, was barred from entering his office for the last 21 days. “We reached an agreement today and the office was unlocked,” said Agrawal.

The agreement with the struggle committee to save IOM includes approving solid criteria for dean appointment from TU senate, not working anything to offend IOM, maintaining transparency in official appointments, negating strikes against dean appointments and documenting the agreement.

Dr KP Singh, the dean of IOM, resigned on December 3 on his 20th day of appointment as the dean.

On that day, Dr Govinda KC started his hunger strike, demanding appointment of dean on the basis of seniority. Dr KC, a senior orthopedic surgeon at the TUTH ended his hunger strike on the 22nd day on December 5. Dr KC began his 10th fast-unto-death from November 13 against anarchy prevailing in the medical education sector.

There are 239 resident doctors at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) while the number of faculty doctors constitutes 206, according to the TUTH authority.

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