KATHMANDU, Sept 29: On the fourth day of Dr Govinda KC’s fast-unto-death demanding long overdue reforms in the medical education sector, the government has decided to withdraw the bill on Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences from parliament.
A cabinet meeting held at Singha Durbar on Thursday decided to withdraw the bill, informed Minister for Health Gagan Thapa. The bill which envisioned converting the Manmohan Medical College into an academy was under discussion in parliamentary committee on women, children, senior citizens and social welfare.
The meeting also decided to change the name of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) into Manmohan Academy of Medical Sciences.
Dr KC’s one of the major demands was that the government should withdraw the bill and change the name of NAMS. Thursday’s cabinet decision to withdraw the bill was as per a deal between Dr KC and the government to change the name of NAMS to Manmohan Academy and recall the proposed bill on the formation of Manmohan Academy of Medical Sciences earlier.
Similarly, the meeting has decided not to give affiliation to any new medical colleges unless a new medical education, which is currently under discussion in parliament, is endorsed from parliament.
Likewise, the meeting has also decided to send NAMS Act to parliament for amendment.
Meanwhile, the meeting has decided to appoint Prof Dev Raj Adhikari as secretary of University Grants Commission while Tirtha Raj Khaniya and Ishwar Prasad Dhakal have been appointed as members of the commission. Likewise, Punya Prasad Regmi has been appointed as advisor to Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara.