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HPE Ordinance endorsed

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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.

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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.

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Narayangadh-Muglin road obstructed

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CHITWAN — The Narayangadh-Muglin road section has been obstructed following a landslide in Ichchhakamana Rural Municipality-6 of Chitwan district, on early Thursday morning.

The road section has been obstructed following a landslide at Tope Khola on the Narayangadh-Mugling section of the highway, the District Police Office Chitwan said.

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According to police it will take five to eight hours to remove the landslide debris. Landslides are frequent on this section of the highway whenever it rains as the hill slopes on the road side have been scraped in course of the road widening works.

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