Parikrama release ceremony

Parikrama 17th annual issue being unveiled.Best teacher award, student excellence award and intern farewell were also done on the same occassion.

Parikrama Picnic

At Jamunkhadi, Jhapa

Renowned dignitaries at Parikrama Library

From right- BBC nepali sewa chief Rabindra Mishra, singer Amrit Gurung, Dr. Saroj Dhital, Kiran Krishna Shrestha, and Dr. Arjun Karki

Art competition

Monday, February 10, 2014


And the day came when Parikrama was finally unveiled to everyone. The day was 8th of February 2014 when the images of Parikrama only begot in our imaginations finally in the form of beautiful magazine reached in the hands of BPKIHSians and all over. This 17th issue also carries the same vitality as its predecessors that unites passed out seniors to the newcomers and captures memorable moments and heart touching creations of BPKIHS students. This issue also contains memos of outgoing students, ramailo photos, creative articles, batch polls, interviews, batch photos etc. Even with so much similarities this issue is just over the edge. To get a digital copy of PARIKRAMA 17th annual issue click on the download link below.
To download small size(50MB) click here

Sunday, February 2, 2014


The most awaited seventeenth annual issue of Parikrama magazine is being released on 8th February 2014 at Auditorium. As of the last year, this year also Parikrama will be distributed for free!!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Our auditorium has seen and hosted many brilliant minds of our times, be it the annual oration or the high level seminars and workshops. The 3rd and 4th January of this year were one of those days. BPKIHS family saw the presence of more than 10 dignitary guests gather in the same stage for a discourse on a common platform, "Exploring new Frontiers of Collaboration: Medicine and Humanities". Inspired by a similar symposium held 3 years back, this time it was the Students themselves who took the initiative and the responsibility to host an event of such magnitude. The objective was to elaborate on what goes into making a complete well rounded medico. Speakers from different fields such as literature, music, journalism and prominent doctors of Nepal along with imminent speakers from the Institute itself spoke on various topics to highlight their perspective of the medical field and what changes are necessary to keep up with time. Bitter- sweet experiences were narrated which succeeded in informing and inspiring the present participants.
The event commenced with the inauguration by the Rector of the Institute Prof. Dr. Bikram Prasad Shrestha and a keynote speech by  Prof.Dr. Arjun Karki who summarized the present condition of medicine in contemporary Nepali society and the need of such seminars.
The speakers were divided into three sessions- the first started with Prof. Dr. Paras Pokharel talking on “opportunities and challenges in humanizing modern medicine”.
 The renowned literary figure and Madan Puraskar winner Krishna Dharawasi highlighted on the social aspects of the medicine and gave a presentation on “Expressing  contemporary society and emotions in the realm of imaginations”/sahitya samaj ra Manabiya Sambedana”. Dharawasi quoted, “The thief and the doctor both use metal instrument so called scalpel or knife, but the condition varies on how it is used. Either you use for the betterment of  human civilization or simply to destroy the human generation”. He shared sweet and bitter experiences he faced while treating his wife “Sita Ji” in various hospitals.   
 After a thunderous applause the audience welcomed Mr. Raj Bimal Shrestha , Ex-Vice president JCI. Mr. Shrestha who has been giving leadership trainings to leading personals of major political parties, entrepreneurs,  social workers and aspiring leaders of tomorrow, gave a taste of his methods thorugh an inspiring presentation. His short discourse (due to time constraint) on how to trigger leadership skills and teamwork in medicos was well received and the audience were not satiated- with the situation turning into a “Yeh, dil maange more”………but the organizers accepted that this must be continued in the near future because it’s high time an impulse of leadership be created to produce work efficient force in a world where more options has made taking the  right decision a tougher precoess.

The second session consisted of popular media icons of our country and was formally started by Prof Dr. Bishnu Hari Paudel who spoke on the subject of Evidence Based Medicine explaining its importance in the practice of modern medicine and cautioning of how EBM too can sometimes be misleading.

He was followed by Prof. Dr. Nisha Keshary Bhatta, department of Pediatrics. She talked on the topic Unheard Voices and Unspoken Words, and reasounded the unpoken words and emotions that little children cannot express.    
She was followed by Mr. Rabindra Mishra a leader in contemporary journalism and a proponent of  practical philanthropy. He highlighted on various aspects of social service citing examples from a girl studying in Samata School to the honcho of Buddha airlines and his unconditional donations. His heart-touching stories created such a moment as to woe the audience into a mood desperate to help the needy.
Mr. Birendra Bahadur Basnet who had supported the Symposium by sponsoring 12 airplane fares between Kathmandu and Biratnagar, empasized the need for supporting root level health infractructures by private sector.
Rabindra Mishra was followed by none other than the star Nepali folk/pop music, Amrit Gurung. Amrit who has been in the popular Nepali band “ Nepathaya” since its inception back in 1990 addressed an awestruck audience sharing experiences  garnered on his travels through most of Nepal. Gurung concluded that as future doctors Medical students have an important role in uplifting the health of Nepali people living in remote and inaccessible area. He also asked the audience to travel around Nepal as frequently as possible, and that it would help understand the health status of the poor and needy of own country Nepal.

Kiran Krishna Shrestha accompanied Amrit Gurung and poked into a sensitive issue. By comparing the music of our national anthem as is popularly played with one given by a small German Orchestra (which had an alluring effect) he pointed that there is still room for improvement in a matter of such national importance.

Mr. Kiran Nepal another prominent name in Nepalese Journalism and current editor-in-chief of Himal Khabarpatrika read an article that intervened medical issues in Nepali media, dated long time back. He enumerated the ways of practicing journalism in an attempt to justify why contradictory views are published on the same matter by various journalist; and also explained that medical issues raised by mid-stream papers are results of extensive research conducted for months.
At the end of the session a panel discussion was held with Dr. Kumbha Raj Joshi and Swotantra Gautam moderating various questions from themselves as well as the audience that stimulated a healthy debate on contemporary topics.
The most awaited session was scheduled at the very end. It started with Prof Dr. Bal Krishna Bhattarai talking on Palliative care, one of the most sensitive areas in medical practice. The mesmerized audience were not let down by the next in line, Dr. Saroj Dhital “A healer offers love and nurtures the soul; a physician offers concern and treats the body, a procedurist glares at his patient and imposes procedures” he said.
 Prof. Dr. Bhagwan Koirala enthralled the audience with his presentation on “The doctor and the manager” He emphasized that even an individual CAN make a difference and that “to achieve something, one must enjoy suffering encountered in the process”.
At the end Prof. Dr. Arjun Karki put a presentation on the various modalities in which medicine is taught in our country and those practiced in other parts of the world.

Two shows of the Nepali film “Jhola” based on Krishna Dharabasi’s story of the same name was premiered on the occasion for charity. The emotional surges the viewers experienced, as in eyes welled in tears, was no different from the rest of the nation's.
The program turned out to be an overwhelming success. It was one of those moments when the entire BPKIHS comes together to learn and to teach. The Speakers with their vast knowledge accumulated over the years satisfied the intellectual hunger of those present, as was apparent by the thunderous clapping and cheering. However, the speakers had much to gain in the process, they returned with more than they had come, a broader understanding of the relationship medicine and humanities shared, and inspiration from the energetic and enthusiastic youth of BPKIHS.
During the buildup to this symposium, Prof. Nisha had quoted “Professors live in their students. Any achievement the student acquires will be the Professors’ as well”. The symposium was a notion that the students when united can achieve great heights. And when the Faculty, with their vast experience and knowledge guide and direct us, the achievement becomes multifold.
Last but not the least, Prof. Dr. Narendra Bhatta briskly summarised the symposium with the terse and to the point statement "Medicine is not a Science, not an Art, it's a Scientific art."
At the end, everyone, participants and speakers alike emerged enlightened. The symposium was a grand success and we are all of the opinion to host a similar one in the very near future.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Beyond Textbooks: Exploring Humanity in Medicine

Beyond Textbooks: Exploring Humanity in Medicine
Medicine study course has been noted as one of the most difficult course of study worldwide. It has also been viewed as one of the most respectable profession and there has been a lot of craze among young people to enter into this profession.

Though from  Hippocrates, the father of Modern medicine to great physician like William Osler have time and again emphasized on the humane aspects of medicine and the need for the medicos to understand life as a whole to become a good physician, their teachings have often got burrowed down in the heaps of technical humdrum of modern medicine. Alienation of the medicos in training from the humane aspects of medicine have become more and more prominent in the recent years with more and more sophistications in the investigative aspects of medicine. A modern physician is often caught between the mechanical technicalities and various investigative procedures and happens to focus in the "disease" rather than the "person with the disease". This deficiency of human touch in the modern physician has led to instantiation from the patients and often led to unwelcome misunderstandings and conflicts with their patients.

In our country too, Medical professionals have been looked up to by the general population- In one place we are rendered divine for the noble service of saving life and sometimes we are shunned as insensitive and overtly mechanical. This has often been reflected in the increasing incidents of complaints against health professionals, their manhandling and vandalism in health facilities. There could be a lot of reasons for these mishappenings but this lack of proper trainings of the medicos in dealing with the humane aspects of health and understanding their patients as a whole is one of the major part that we as medicos could improve. This has been well recognized by prime medical universities across the globe and could be reflected in their increasing attempts to incorporate humanities in the medical curricula. As a pioneer medical institute in Nepal, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan has attempted to integrate some of these aspects into its medical teachings but we still feel the deficit.

It is on this background that we are organizing this symposium- " Beyond Textbooks: Exploring Humanity in Medicine". We look forward to enlighten the young medicos of BPKIHS on the various aspects of life, through their discourse with various imminent personalities in different fields of life- arts, literature, culture, glamour, social service, entrepreneurship, mass media, politics etc. in Nepal. Bringing in imminent speakers, experts in their field, to share their experience on pre-specified topics and to show us how their field (and so the lives of many linked to it) can be correlated with medicine, will in many forms enrich our endeavors in becoming well-rounded Medicos; one who knows how to empathize with the patient, one who believes in teamwork and one who can cure the disease beyond the apparent (the social aspects).

As we entered the 21st century it became apparent that there is more to a doctor-patient relationship than just the examination and prescription of medicine.  And often more is expected from us than is humanly. Thus, Institutions across the globe have discovered the importance of merging humanities in the teaching of medicine wherever possible. BPKIHS has also kept up with the changing trends and has marked its whole education system as community oriented. Community medicine is taught and field exposure is provided from the 1st to the final year, surpassing any other subject in this respect. It is in this spirit that the “Beyond textbooks: Exploring humanity in medicine” symposium is directed.

A person can excel much in academics and yet is seen to lag behind in the medical profession. This clearly points out that there is more to medicine than just the text. It is to unravel this mystery, to bring out the X-factor that most of us miss, that this symposium has become necessary.


Ø        Orient the medicos to fields other than medicine

Ø        See the world of the patient from another perspective

Ø        Analyze how humanities and medicine can be collaborated for better productivity and cure of  the patient beyond what is apparent

Ø        Contribute in making well-rounded personalities from the BPKIHS medicos

Ø        To know the end point of compassion. How to maintain composure in an ever demanding profession

Ø        To know Fact V/s reality: Is what we are taught is actually what is expected of us?

Ø        To share news, facts regarding the existing health situation and its changing direction in today’s world

Ø        To get acquainted  with the bitter truths of professionalism and its consequences


  The delegate speakers will address the participants on afore given topics that highlight their respective field of expertise and its relation with medicine. The methodology will include:
Ø        Oral and PowerPoint presentation
Ø        Question answer session
Ø        Panel discussion

A similar program was organized back in 2010, and was immensely successful in its purpose to merge the apparently polar fields of medicine and humanities.

This program has been jointly organized by Parikrama Students’ Family and Junior Resident Welfare Society, BPKIHS with support from the BPKIHS administrations.

Parikrama Students’ Family has been bonding Medical students through a medium they are most deprived off; Literature, arts & social activism. Founded 18 years back by a group of eager 2nd year undergraduates for a campus literary wall magazine, it has now matured to be a major part of Student Activities in BPKIHS. Parikrama brings out the Institute’s Yearbook, a bimonthly paper Harbinger, and runs a literary library apart from other events aimed at the students.

Junior Resident Welfare Society, BPKIHS is the only organization representing and uniting the junior residents in BPKIHS, was  established in 2011 to promote rights of BPKIHS junior residents, contribute as an organization to the betterment of BPKIHS and to promote excellence among the junior resident through integration of curricular and extracurricular activities.

                                     GENERAL INFORMATION

Tentative date of program: 3rd & 4th January 2014

Organizer: Parikrama Students' Family and Junior Resident Welfare Society

Venue: Auditorium Hall, BPKIHS, Dharan

Contact no: 9841841542, 9842050952

Official language: English, Nepali

Target groups: Under graduate medical students, post-graduate medical students, house officers, doctors, nurses, faculty and entire medical fraternity
Accommodation: Accommodation will be provided by organizer 

Monday, July 15, 2013


June edition of Harbinger is out. This is the second issue by 17th executive committee. To download it click the download link below.

Friday, June 21, 2013


The much beloved PSF Library (of the students, by the students, for the students) will be celebrating its 5th anniversary from the 23rd to 29th June 2013. “Book Worms” have a chance to celebrate their unfathomable love for literature through various programs viz. literature quiz, Book review writing competition, fast writing competition and a bookmark designing competition.

The details are:
Book review competition: Tuesday, 25th June, 5PM seminar hall
Fast writing competition  : Tuesday, 25th June, 5PM seminar hall
Bookmark designing:      : To be submitted to a parikramite or in the PSF library by Thursday 27th june
Literature Quiz :             :  28th june, 2:30 pm, Auditorium

The PSF library will remain open from 6-8pm throughout the Libraray week( 23rd -28th june).

New memberships can be obtained at a special charge of Rs. 50 (limited to the library week) with two photos (1 auto+ 1 PP).

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


And the history repeated itself again. The new wall magazine with new hopes and dreams was released on the occasion of Baisakh 1st by 1st year students. This twenty two  page wall magazine contains everything it can hold. From humor to serious articles, from ramailo photos to sarcastic messages, from poems to stories, this wall magazine is a praiseworthy effort of the 1st year parikrama members and everyone who participated in it.