B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

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B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
वी. पी. कोइराला स्वास्थ्य विज्ञान प्रतिष्ठान
Entrance BPKIHS.jpg
Type Public
Established 1993
Endowment 450,00,00,000 Rs.(100 million USD)
Chancellor Prime Minister of Nepal
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Raj Kumar Rauniyar
Academic staff
375
Undergraduates 120 per year (MBBS)
Location Dharan, Nepal
26°48′30″N 87°16′00″E / 26.808291°N 87.26655°E / 26.808291; 87.26655
Website bpkihs.edu

B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) (Nepali: वी. पी. कोइराला स्वास्थ्य विज्ञान प्रतिष्ठान), is a medical institution in Nepal. It was established in 1993 in Dharan, a city located in Sunsari district in eastern Nepal, and subsequently upgraded as an autonomous Health Sciences University on Oct 28, 1998.

The Institute is an example of Nepal-India co-operation. BPKIHS has postgraduate, undergraduate, and university certificate programs. It has four colleges: Medical, Dental, Nursing, and Public Health with a 700-bed Teaching Hospital.

The B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences Act of 1993 allows it to grant bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees and other certificates.[1]

History[edit]

B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, established in 1993 and upgraded to a university in 1998, is an autonomous health sciences university. Its goal is to meet the health needs of the eastern region of Nepal at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. BPKIHS is a self-governing body.

BPKIHS is one of the largest projects implemented through Indo-Nepal co-operation. The university is named after the late B.P. Koirala, a former Prime Minister of Nepal.

BPKIHS took over the management of the 150-bedded Public hospital in 1993, which called Eastern Regional Hospital. With the new hospital complex, the university raised the strength of beds to 700 with added facilities like CCU, ICU, VVIP Critical Care area and Observational beds. MRI, CT-scan, emergency laboratory, C-arm and mobile x-ray facilities, sterilization section, and operation theaters with recovery room facilities are available in the Hospital.

BPKIHS Medical College Block Panoramic View.
College from the hostel terrace

The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program of BPKIHS started in 1993, has a duration of 4½ years and is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.[2] The MBBS qualification is recognised by the Medical Council of India.[3]

BPKIHS Medical College Panoramic view.
Medical college building

Medical Facilities[edit]

In 2010 the foundation stone was laid for a new college block, funded by the government of India.[4]

A Cath lab from Philips (Allura FC) has been set up for Coronary catheterization and Angiography. It is supported by Geneva University in logistics and trainings.[5]

Notable people who worked in the institute[edit]

Controversy[edit]

There has been instances of allegations of corruption (favoring contractors for kickbacks,diverting funds intended for salaries and raises,[6][7][8][9] auctioning seats in the college) being raised against the Administration, more specifically, the executive body which included then Vice Chancellor(Dr.B.P. Das), the Rector(Dr.Bikram Shrestha) and the Registrar of the college[10][11] with recent investigations underway by CIB. The Staff on strike had been demanding the increase in salary that the government had sanctioned for them and the Vice Chancellor refused to allocate on ground of insufficient funds, following an almost two year long battle with the Administration around 60 staffers decided to go on a hunger strike and were arrested by the Police for violating the Supreme Court order issued in response to a writ by a local resident Raj Kumar BK.[12]The swift processing of the writ on behalf of Mr.Kumar(the Supreme Court took a few days to process the writ) compared to the staffers on going legal battle that lasted more than two years raised questions of involvement of Government functionaries in the re-direction of funds.The BP Koirala Institute of Health Science (BPKIHS), Dharan has decided to cancel the supplementary MBBS exam after a student admitted that she received question papers from Dr Nirmal Baral, Dean of the Exams Department. Aashna Thakur admitted that she received the question paper in advance after Dr Kopila Agrawal, who was monitoring the exam caught her with a notebook with all the answers for the exam.

Dr Baral resigned but refuted the allegations. He accused BPKIHS officials of making him a scapegoat. Dr Baral has called for a free and fair investigation into the matter.[13][14]

There have also been multiple instances of sexual harassment that have been pro-actively suppressed by the Administration. A recent case of sexual harassment was brought to light when a 23 year old girl accused Professor Murari Das of Microbiology Department of forcing himself on her. The girl, who worked at the department, had charged the professor of molestation. The victim of molestation accused Das of forcefully hugging and touching her sensitive parts The victim´s family had lodged a complaint with the Registrar of the institute apropos the incident on October 9. Following the complaint the administration refused to constitute an inquiry which agitated some people to form a mob and attack Dr.Murari Das resulting in severe injuries and him being admitted to the Emergency Ward of the hospital. Das received serious injuries in his head and face. The accused maintains that he is innocent and a Police investigation is ongoing regarding the attack, an inquiry into the charges of harassment is pending.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences Act, 2049 (1993)" (PDF). www.lawcommission.gov.np. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Search > School Details: B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences". www.wdoms.org. World Directory of Medical Schools. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. The Second Schedule (See Section 12). Recognised medical qualifications granted by medical institutions outside India.". Medical Council of India. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived December 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [2] Archived July 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-05. 
  7. ^ http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=76706
  8. ^ http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2014/06/04/news/bpkihs-seeks-govt-help-to-end-employees-strike/263572.html
  9. ^ http://www.ekantipur.com/2014/09/17/national/bpkihs-registrar-appeals-to-end-strike/395209.html
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-05. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  11. ^ http://ranabhola.blogspot.com/2013/08/ciaa_16.html?m=1
  12. ^ http://www.ekantipur.com/2014/05/31/national/protesting-bpkihs-staffers-held/390291.html
  13. ^ http://www.educatenepal.com/news/detail/mbbs-questions-at-bpkihs-leaked-dean-resigns
  14. ^ https://www.parakhireviews.com/news/2012/10/15/bpkihs-cancels-supplementary-mbbs-exam-due-to-paper-leak[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=85313

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