KATHMANDU — The House of Representatives has endorsed the Health Profession Education (HPE) Act on Tuesday. Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokhrel had forwarded the ordinance to Parliament on March 28 for endorsement.
The President had promulgated the ordinance barring establishment of new medical schools in Kathmandu Valley for a decade. An ordinance needs parliamentary approval within 60 days of its first meeting to remain in effect.
The Act was formulated as demanded by Dr Govinda KC, who has been fighting for reforms in the country’s medical education sector, in line with the recommendations of a team of experts led by educationist Kedar Bhakta Mathema.
Endorsement of the law now clears the way for full-fledged functioning of the Health Profession Education Commission which was envisaged as an overarching framework to regulate medical education, among other things in the HPE Act.
Under the law, universities are not allowed to affiliate any private medical college as an extension of their programme. Likewise, a hospital not operational for three years is ineligible to apply for affiliation as a medical college.
The Act also tightens the grip on universities authorised to affiliate colleges. A varsity needs its own medical college and full-fledged hospital to run medical courses.Follow @gorkhapost
All programmes of Nepal Sambat New Year 1139 cancelled
KATHMANDU— All the programmes to be organised on the occasion of the Nepal Sambat New Year 1139 have been cancelled due to the demise of pioneer of the Nepal Sambat movement, and leader of the Indigenous Nationalities movement and human rights movement, Padma Ratna Tuladhar.
All the programmes have been cancelled in honour of late Tuladhar. A meeting of Nepal Sambat Nhudah National Celebration Committee held today took the decision to this effect.
A Main Celebration Programme had already been scheduled at Basantapur, Kathmandu, on November 8 on the occasion of Nepal Sambat 1139 New Year this year too as in the previous years. All programmes to be organised at different places on the same day have also been cancelled.
Coordinator of Newa Jagaran Manch, Sujib Bajracharya, said that the meeting also decided to organise all the cancelled programmes at suitable time after the 13th day of the demise of Tuladhar.Follow @gorkhapost