Tuesday, 13 September 2016
All is not well with the country's medical education. The appointment of deans in the TU Institute of Medicine and granting of affiliation to new medical colleges are often dragged into controversy. Had there not been Dr. Govind KC at the Institute of Medicine, the people would not have known how messy medical education in the country was and how rampant corruption is in the sector. Dr. KC has been conducting a solo fight against the anomalies prevalent in the medical education sector, and he has chosen the peaceful hunger strike to correct the wrong decisions of the authorities designated to manage medical education. However, the authorities continue to breach their promise to reform the sector by introducing proper policies and laws, and not granting affiliation to new medical colleges. Dr. KC, who has staged three hunger strikes - the latest being in January this year, had recently threatened to stage another strike after the Education Ministry granted affiliation to two new medical colleges, breaching the agreements reached between him and the government. Indeed, the core issue on which Dr. KC had gone on a hunger strike thrice in as many years was that the affiliations were granted to medical colleges with the involvement of the “medical mafia”. When his health condition deteriorated badly, the government had met his demand in January, but in just 11 months after the signing of the agreement, it was breached for no apparent reason, compelling him to announce another hunger strike. However, this time Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has interfered before it was too late and prevented Dr. KC from going on a protest. The prime minister directed Education Minister Chitra Lekha Yadav to cancel the affiliation of Birat Medical College and Devdaha Medical College. Kathmandu University had granted affiliation to these two colleges six months ago with the consent of the education minister. Earlier, there were news reports that Minister Yadav had allowed KU to grant affiliation to these colleges despite the prime minister's instruction not to do so.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.