SC stays cancellation of KNMC affiliation

Published On: November 2, 2017 08:21 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a stay order against the decision of Tribhuvan University (TU) to scrap the affiliation granted to Kathmandu National Medical College (KNMC).

A single bench of Justice Dambar Bahadur Shahi issued the order without calling the prosecutor for discussions over a writ petition filed in this connection by the owners of the medical college.   The college owners filed the writ petition  on October 17. In the hearings on the petition on October 27, the court ordered  TU not to implement its decision to scrap the affiliation.

 TU's Executive Council had issued affiliation to the college on July 27. However,  TU had decided to scrap the affiliation following an  agreement reached with Dr Govinda KC, who  staged his 12th hunger strike to  pressure the government to bring reforms in the medical sector. The TU meeting held on September 6 decided to scrap the affiliation issued on July 27. 

An investigation conducted by the TU Executive Council following the agreement with Dr KC  found that the college did not meet the basic criteria. KNMC has neither operated hospital beds nor does it have teaching faculties and doctors.

The controversial medical college belongs to  cadres of the CPN-UML Mohammad Basruddin Ansari, who is the manager,   his brother Mohammad Jainuddin Ansari, who is chairman, and shareholder Mostikina Khatun. This is at variance with the  rule requiring a five-member management committee and with the recommendations of the Basic Policy 2063BS for Operation of Technical Universities and Campuses Funded by Private Sector.

The three and their family members had constructed a residential apartment complex at Ghattekulo, Kathmandu but  turned to opening a  medical college after they failed to sell the apartments. Basruddin is also managing director of the National Medical College in Birgunj.

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