B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) was established on Jan 18, 1993 and subsequently upgraded as an autonomous Health Sciences University on Oct 28, 1998 with a mandate to work towards developing socially responsible and competent health workforce, providing health care & involving in innovative health research. The Institute, located in Eastern Nepal, has extended its continued health services through teaching district concept to Primary Health Care Centers, District Hospitals and Zonal Hospitals in different districts of the region. This University is aptly named after Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala, Nepal’s visionary leader in social uplifting, firm believer of national integration.
This University aims at becoming center of excellence in patient care, teaching, and health sector research. It is following an integrated and holistic model in academics and services. The institute is committed to its social responsibility and accountability. The institute has provisions for admission to different underprivileged groups/sections of the society in different academic programs.
- A self-governing, self-reliant international Health Sciences University attracting students and teachers from all over the world to its constantly innovative educational programs.
- A national center for providing quality health services both, tertiary as well as primary, and developing replicable and sustainable models of integrated health systems sensitive to the needs of both the individuals and the community living in urban as well as rural areas.
- A prestigious center for biomedical and health system research, and as a center of excellence for tropical and infectious diseases.
- A complete health development project through its teaching districts, which will catalyze an environment-friendly human development initiative resulting in enhancement in the quality of life of the people of Nepal and those working in BPKIHS to ensure a high level of commitment to excellence and dedication to service.
The Curricula of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) of B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences are designed to produce caring, community oriented, conscientious & communicative doctors (medical and dental) best suited to work in Nepal. There is horizontal and vertical integration & partially problem based approach along with emphasis on the community & preventive care right from the beginning. During the first two years of the course, the emphasis has been laid on the applied basic sciences along with community medicine and professional skills with stress on multi-disciplinary and multi-professional education. Thus, the curricula incorporate early patient contact in the form of early clinical exposure and emphasize on the importance of study of community medicine and behavioral sciences from the beginning. Teaching through lectures has been restricted to a bare minimum while problem-based learning (PBL) and other unconventional learning experiences (UNCLE) are encouraged. Attending at least 80% of the classes is essential for being eligible to appear in the Annual Examinations conducted during the course. However, students in their own interest should attend all classes organized for them. The evaluation aims at both regular internal assessment & final examination.