KATHMANDU, June 6
Political appointments for the top posts at the Tribhuvan University, which has increased the clout of student unions affiliated to various political parties and their meddling in day-to-day affairs of the university, has been blamed for the problems that besieges the University time and again, say educationists.
The latest setback facing the university is its failure to hold the Free Student Union polls on time, which has left thousands of students at the TU and constituent colleges unsure about their examinations and regular classes.
“The top officials of TU are linked with various political parties and they want to be loyal toward them on every issue,” says Educationist Bishnu Karki. It is not a big deal for the TU officials to ask clarification on mass admissions or scrap all the admissions done on May 16 and 17, if they have a will power to do so, he claimed.
Delaying the poll means hampering the TU academic calendar, he added. “Either hold the election within a month or let it go for now,” he said, adding, “Why trouble people in the name of FSU poll at a time when CA election is undecided.”
Dissolving the FSU is not a solution as students´ involvement is inevitable to develop education policies. But to ensure quality, the student unions must not be associated with the political parties. They should be independent and raise issues that are important for students. “Why do we need student wings of each and every political party in colleges,” questioned Karki.
Failing to sort out the dispute on mass admissions before the election, the FSU poll that was to be conducted on Thursday has been postponed. The unions have been blaming each other for admitting students en masse to win election. The college authorities had initially said that the student unions admitted around 3000 students at seven colleges alone, spending more than Rs 12 million targeting election.
HIRA BAHADUR MAHARJAN, TU VICE-CHANCELLOR
Don´t you feel the university should have acted tough on mass admissions issue?
Can university take tough decision like dissolving the FSU if the deadlock prolongs and threatens to disrupt the TU academic calendar which is already lagging behind?
Students withdraw strike for dialogue with TU
NSU Coordinator Ranjeet Karna said that other protest programs would continue even though the strike was called off.
The cadres had hit the streets demanding the TU to play constructive role in announcing the new date. The university needs to jointly organize a meeting amoung all 13 student unions to settle the ongoing dispute which has distanced the students, the NSU coordinator Karna mentioned.
Meanwhile, the student cadres affiliated to CPN-Maoist aligned ANNISU-R have also been staging protests at the college premises since Friday.
Published on 2013-06-06 05:19:26