The Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences is probably the most glorious institute among all medical colleges in Nepal. The concept of NAHIS was primarily conceived to meet the need of the hour which at the time was producing more competent medical professionals for the proper patient care within the country and the Nepalese Army Medical Corps (NAMC). The hospital linked to the NAIHS is the Tri Chandra Military Hospital (TCMH) was founded as early as the year 1925 A.D. reminiscing the sacrifices made by Nepalese soldiers in the First World War. This hospital deserves special mention for a few other notable accomplishments apart from the obvious. Services like fiber optics endoscope and semi-automatic pathology lab were introduced for the first time in Nepal by this medical institution thus revolutionizing the methods of diagnosis in the country. The next stepping stone of the NAIHS came in the form of a shift of upgraded services from TCMH to the SBH or the Shree Birendra Hospital at Chhauni in Kathmandu in the year 1989. Those services included MRI, multislice Helical CT and Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL). As the solemn contribution of NAIHS towards academics, College of Medicine, College of Dental, etc are run under the banner of this institution. The NAIHS is a nonprofit organization funded by the Nepalese Army Welfare plan and the Nepalese Army Welfare Planning Directorate acts as the management. The college bears affiliation to the Tribhuvan University and has gained the approval of the Nepal Medical Council.
The Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences initiated their MBBS program in the year2011 with a total of 100 students. The maximum number of seats for MBBS has been steadily increased to nearly 895 today. The 5 and half years of the MBBS program at the NAIHS strictly conform to the curricular guidelines of the Tribhuvan University. The initial 4.5 years of the course is dedicated to the study of intermediate and basic clinical sciences along with specialized clinical disciplines followed by a yearlong compulsory internship. This internship primarily takes place at the different clinical departments of the Shree Birendra Hospital.
The NAIHS hosts many campus houses which act as hostels for students. The male and the female students at this institution are assigned different hostels that offer modern and advanced amenities for living and studying without any serious disruptions. The hostel rooms are adequately furnished with separate shower and toilets. A 24-hour working Wi-fi service along with computers for the personal use of students is available.
The NAIHS employs a fantastic group of highly qualified professors willing to aid students with academics to impart in-depth knowledge in different clinical subjects. The regular lectures on all subjects scheduled at regular intervals help in better understanding. These lectures are executed in an interactive manner that leaves ample room for discussions, clearing of doubts, and growth. The laboratories are packed with technologically advanced modern equipment that magnifies the quality of medical education. The students at NAIHS are allowed access to its excellently stocked library at all hours of the day. Another feature of this institution is the inclusion of a department of Information Technology as a part of the School of Medicine bearing computer terminals that are at the disposal of students. The college has initiated a number of scholarship programs partly or fully shouldering the financial burden of eligible students.
The Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences is 9th among the top medical college and universities of Nepal preceded by the Nepal Medical College. Apart from imparting high-quality medical education, this institute also instills the noble qualities of morality, compassion, and social responsibilities in the minds of young medical minds.