MoE wants SC stay order against nixing of KNMC affiliation lifted

Published On: November 9, 2017 06:00 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 8: The Ministry of Education (MoE) has petitioned the Supreme Court to vacate its stay order against cancellation of the affiliation granted to Kathmandu National Medical College (KNMC).

“We filed a petition at the SC Tuesday through the Office of the Attorney General, seeking cancellation of its stay order of October 27,” said Dr Hari Prasad Lamsal, spokesperson for  MoE. 

On October 27, the court ordered Tribhuvan University (TU) not to implement its decision to scrap the affiliation.

On July 27, TU's Executive Council issued affiliation to the college. However,  TU  decided to scrap the affiliation following the agreement reached with Dr Govinda KC, who has staged a series of hunger strikes to pressure  the government to bring reforms in medical education. A TU meeting held on September 6 decided to scrap the affiliation issued to KNMC, which neither has hospital beds nor doctors and teaching faculty.

An investigation conducted by the TU Executive Council after the agreement reached with Dr KC found that the college did not meet basic criteria.

The controversial medical college belongs to CPN-UML cadres Mohammad Basruddin Ansarin, his brother Mohammad Jainuddin Ansari and Mostikina Khatun. 

Dr KC criticized the court order, terming it a 'sale of justice' in favor of mafia. “I have been fighting for quality medical education and people's  right to health care as per the spirit of constitution,” he said. 

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