Three mega projects in health and education sector
By CK Khanal
Kathmandu, Mar. 26: Aiming to develop Nepal as the medical and education hub, the government has designed three health and education related projects and is showcasing them in the upcoming Nepal Investment Summit 2019.
Three health and education related projects prepared by the Investment Board of Nepal (IBN) include Dhulikhel Medi-City Project, Education, Sports and Health City Project and Gandaki Technical University Project.
The estimated cost of these three projects proposed to be developed under the public private partnership model is USD 235 million. The government is seeking investors to develop these three and other projects being showcased in the summit.
The Dhulikhel Medi-City Project is a health sector initiative to be located at Dhulikhel Municipality of Kavrepalanchowk district with the total project cost of USD 74 million.
The Medi-City project will have six different components which include School of Medical Sciences with Teaching Hospital, Specialised Centre of Excellence for Non-Communicable Diseases, Trauma Centre.
Research and Development Centre, Wellness, Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation Centre, and Supporting Infrastructures will be other components in the Medi-City project.
There will be School of Medical Sciences with 300-bed university hospital with an aim to provide unique health care value across diagnosis, consultation, prescription and tertiary care with optimal combination of technology and professional services delivered by experienced faculty and trained graduates.
The school would also have strong research component, especially in the areas of biomedical research and public health.
The Medi-city would host an interdisciplinary centre of excellence that aims to address non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases through interdisciplinary, innovative and intensive research.
The centre will also provide specialized medical services to patients suffering from traumatic injuries like accidents, gunshot wounds, major burns, brain injuries, etc.
The Centre would bring together researchers from the basic sciences, medical and health sciences, and social sciences, among others, to provide leadership in medical education, discovery and healthcare.
Wellness Centre of the project will offer an integrated selection of holistic wellness and spiritually enriching programmes and products.
Supporting infrastructure such as retail mall and spaces will be built to provide one-stop shopping experience for healthcare and more to truly convert it as a medi-city.
To cater to the accommodation needs, guest houses, apartments (including serviced) and hotels would be built.
Apartments with cooking and laundry facilities would be less expensive than hotels and cater to those staying for a long period. Hotel would be targeted to those medical tourists who seek high-end facilities
Another major project under health and education sector proposed by the IBN is Education, Sports and Health City Project which will be a purpose-built city/town project having education, sports and health components.
The IBN has not specified the exact location of the project so far and has mentioned to finalise it during the course of the feasibility study.
The project to be developed by spending around USD 100 million will have six different components which include education, health, sports and wellness, research and development, residence facilities and commercial centre and supporting infrastructure.
A university will be the central component of the education component. The university would host liberal arts undergraduate college as well as specialist graduate, professional, sports and technical schools.
The health component will include University Hospital with 300-bed with an aim to provide unique health care value across diagnosis, consultation, prescription and tertiary care. It would also have ultra-modern blood bank and diagnostic centre.
The city would host a multi-purpose stadium and have specialist sports academies and Wellness Centre offering an integrated selection of holistic wellness and spiritually enriching programmes and products.
University Research Centre enabling interaction among faculty, students, scholars and industries to enhance innovation and real-world problem solving will also be a part of the project. This will also include business incubation, acceleration, and innovation spaces.
Similarly, to cater to the need of students and visitors’ needs, there will be guest house, apartments and hotels in the project and other supporting infrastructure including retail mall, restaurants, coffee shops.
Gandaki Technical University is another project developed by the IBN and is being showcased in the summit seeking finance from potential investors under the PPP model.
The Technical University is the project worth USD 61 million and is planned to be establish at Shuklagandaki Municipality of Tanahun district, Gandaki State. The University will occupy the land of existing Bhanubhakta Multiple Campus and its surroundings.
School of Medical Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, School of Fashion Designing and Management, Technical and Vocational Training Institute and University Research Centre will be the major components of the project.
School of Medical Sciences with 300-bed university hospital, with unique health care value across diagnosis, consultation, prescription and tertiary care and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offering undergraduate and graduate level courses in civil, chemical and electrical engineering, computer science and IT will be included in the project.
There will be a training institute providing vocational graduate certificate and diploma courses imparting knowledge (formal, non-formal and informal learning) and skills for employment specifically focused on subjects such as basic engineering, design, construction, etc.
In FY 2016/17, more than 67,000 Nepali students travelled abroad for higher education, signaling a significant demand for world-class education. Experiences of the private sector and skill mismatch in the labour market points to the need for more graduates with specialized and market-responsive training.
The IBN stated that after the completion of the regional international airport in Pokhara, the University’s world class School of Tourism and Hospitality Management would be attractive to not just Nepalis but students from Asia and beyond.