January 23, 2021 07:00 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Jan 23: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has directed the Medical Education Commission not to increase the fee of medical education programs.
The directive of Prime Minister Oli comes in the wake of the Medical Education Commission proposing to increase the fee as determined by the fee determination taskforce.
The Commission had proposed the increase of the existing fee for the MBBS program by Rs 800,000. Addressing a meeting with the Commission officials on Friday, Prime Minister Oli directed them to reduce the fee that was hiked.
The task force had earlier recommended hiking fees on most of the subjects out of 17 medical education programs that include BDS, MDMS, MDS Science, MD Ayurved, MN, MSC Nursing, M Pharma, MSc Medical Microbiology, MSc Basic Science, and MPhil Clinical Psychology.
The meeting has formed a seven-member task force under the coordination of Minister for Education, Science and Technology Krishna Gopal Shrestha to decide on the fee on the proposed medicine programs.
The task force has Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi, Education Secretary Gopinath Mainali, Health Secretary Laxman Aryal, Member (Education) of National Planning Commission Dr Usha Jha, Vice-Chairman of Medical Education Commission Dr Krishna Giri and its Member Secretary Dilliram Luitel as the members.