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TU forms body to hand over property


KATHMANDU, Oct 15: After long argument over the issue of Tribhuvan University´s (TU) property handover to three newly established regional universities, the TU senate on Monday formed a high-level taskforce to deal with the handover process.

The five-member taskforce led by former TU vice-chancellor Kedar Bhakta Mathema will go into action after the Dashain vacation, said Yogendra Narayan Badbadiya, chairman of TU Professors´ Union and a askforce member.

Education Ministry Secretary Suresh Man Shrestha, Kuber KC of the TU staff association and Prof. Ram Man Shrestha are also members of the taskforce.

Three acts passed by parliament on June 17, 2010, directed TU to hand over Siddha Nath Campus and Siddha Nath Multiple Campus to the Far-Western University, and Surkhet Campus (of education), Birendra Multiple Campus and Public Science Campus to the Mid-Western University.

Similarly, as per the Agriculture and Forest Act – 2010, TU must hand over the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Chitwan and the Institute of Forestry Campus, Hetauda to the newly formed University of Agriculture and Forestry.

TU´s refusal to hand over its constituent colleges to the respective regions had brought this year´s first session at those universities to a halt. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, who is also TU chancellor, had proposed to the 51-member senate to form a mechanism to pave the way for the handover of TU property.

Meanwhile, the senate also endorsed the TU executive committee´s proposal to make contract lecturers permanent through the creation of a special category within the current fiscal year.

“The measure is against the Supreme Court order of 2009 to end the contracts of 1,380 part-time lecturers and 460 course contract teachers hired as teaching assistant in 2006,” said Narayan Khanal, legal advisor to TU.

Similarly, the TU senate also approved a proposal that people holding any post in a political organization have to resign from those posts before taking up any appointment to vital posts at TU such as vice-chancellor, registrar, rector or faculty dean, informed TU Registrar Guna Nidhi Neupane. The proposal was made by the TU executive committee the same day.

 Source: Republica Daily


Published on 2012-10-15 23:51:30

TU deal breaching SC verdict after VC, Rector held hostage for 27 hours



After holding Vice Chancellor (VC), Rector and Registrar in one room for 27 hours, the Tribhuvan University (TU) and the agitating TU Professor´s Union signed an agreement on Monday to revise the vacancy advertisement that had created an ire in the university.

The agreement has breached the initial verdict of the Supreme Court (SC) issued on February 22, 2010, officials say.

As per the deal, the TU would issue a special advertisement to begin a process to make permanent appointment of the contract lecturers, said the TU´s VC Hira Bahadur Maharjan. “We have agreed to correct the advertisement issued on Sept 16 and call for permanent appoint of certain number of contract lecturers,” said Maharjan.

Similarly, the agreement with the union also includes upgrading the part-time lecturers to contract lecturers. In an exhausted voice, Maharjan said that he was not in condition to explain further after being locked-up for hours.

The Professors´ Union had held them hostage at the Research Centre for Educational Innovation and Development (CERID) office claiming that the authority was not serious to implement the previous agreement. The unionists had locked up Maharjan, Rector Gun Nidhi Neupane and Registrar Chandra Mani Poudel in one room from Sunday 4 pm to 7 in the evening Monday.

“The TU taskforce will set further criteria to promote and make permanent appointment of the lecturers,” said Prem Khaniya, General Secretary of the TU Professor´s Union. Currently, there are 1,380 part-time lecturers and 460 course contract teachers as teaching assistant in the TU who were hired in 2006.

Meanwhile, a highly placed officer at law department of the TU said that the agreement was against the Supreme Court verdict issued on February, 2010 as per which the entire contract lecturers in the TU are legally out of job from the day of the verdict.

Responding to a writ, the SC verdict issued in the name of TU and the government to scrap the process of appointment and renewal of the tenure on contract basis and directed to fill up vacant posts through open competition.

“I am not in position to say anything without reading the latest agreement, but I must say it is the contempt of court if the deal has bypassed the apex court´s verdict to terminate all of them from the job,” said Narayan Khanal, legal advisor of the TU.

Meanwhile, the latest melodrama in the university has set yet another wrong precedent in the history of the university reacted, the TU former VC Madhav Prasad Sharma. He added that the officials should not have surrendered in fear.

“Whatever the situation, the officials like VC, rector and registrar are not supposed to surrender to the agitators forgetting the norms of the autonomous body,” said Sharma.

 Source: Republica Daily


Published on 2012-09-24 23:30:00