Concerns over education policy

December 16, 2019 08:57 am

Granting affiliation to medical colleges has remained a matter of contention in Nepal’s medical education system.  Often the university officials, including the vice-chancellors and registrars themselves, are accused of grating affiliations to colleges to run medical education courses on the basis of political affiliation and other influences including monetary inducements.

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: The recently introduced National Education Policy 2019 has stripped universities of the power to  grant affiliation to medical colleges, and given the Ministry of Education the authority to coordinate the country’s medical education.

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: Private medical colleges have agreed to return or readjust the illegal fees charged to MBBS and BDS students following threats of legal action by the government.

KATHMANDU, Nov 27: Medical colleges across the country have agreed to refund or adjust the illegal fees taken from students.

KATHMANDU, Nov 27: Medical colleges on Tuesday refused to refund the illegal fees taken from students flouting an ultimatum issued by the government on Monday.

BHAIRAHAWA, Nov 12: Students of the Bhairahawa-based Universal Medical College have padlocked the college demanding that the college return the additional fees it charged the students.

KATHMANDU, Nov 12: Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel has issued a 15-day ultimatum to the medical colleges to address the demands of the medical students.

Heed the medical students

November 4, 2019 02:00 am

Medical students are protesting against the colleges for charging them disproportionately high fees. It began from Chitwan in September, when the students rose to protest for 18 days demanding return of the extra fees charged by the college administration and seeking basic infrastructure. Some such protests were seen in Kathmandu as well demanding stern action against medical colleges charging unjustified fees. In Chitwan, the protests ended only after District Administration Office intervened, making Chitwan Medical College sign the agreement to return the extra fees taken from students. The students, however, have warned to resume the protest if the college administration does not abide by the agreement.

KATHMANDU, March 22: Private medical colleges under the Tribhuvan University have agreed to return within a month fees that were charged illegally. An agreement was reached between the university and the medical colleges on Thursday in the presence of student organizations and officials from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, according to MoEST sources.

KATHMANDU, March 21: Private medical colleges have been finally agreed to return the amount they additionally charged from students and give students deprived of filling up the exam form earlier second chance till tomorrow to complete the process.

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: Though the National Medical Education Bill, which was recently approved from both houses of parliament, paves the way for new private medical colleges outside the Kathmandu Valley, Tribhuvan University (TU) and Kathmandu University (KU) are firm not to issue new affiliations in line with the new law due to their "limited capacity" to supervise the colleges affiliated to them.