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TU-affiliated private colleges doubled in 5 years

NIRJANA SHARMA

KATHMANDU, Jan 6

Amid the rapid expansion of the private sector in higher education, government figures show that the number private colleges has doubled over the last five years.

In the fiscal year 2007/08, there were 420 private colleges affiliated to the Tribhuvan University but this number swelled to 826 by FY 2011/12. But the number of TU constituent colleges remained constant at 60 during the period.

Similarly, the student enrollment in the TU-affiliated private colleges increased to 59 percent of the total TU enrollment from 38 percent within five years.

In the fiscal year 2007/08, the total number of students in TU colleges was 272,726 and 62 percent or 167,114 students (pursuing bachelor´s and master´s) were from TU-constituent colleges. But as the number of affiliate colleges reached 826 in 2011/12 and the number of students in these colleges reached 230,066.

More than 400 private colleges are centered in the Central Development Region whereas 63 new colleges opened in the Far-west region by 2011/12.

Experts say irregular classes and politicization at the TU-constituent colleges is responsible for the rapid growth of private sector colleges. Former Vice Chancellor of TU Madhav Prasad Sharma said the TU-constituent colleges are in dire need of reform to maintain TU academic calendar and teacher´s regular attendance in the classroom.

Similarly, the TU´s expenditure on each student has also doubled in the past three years. For instance, TU spent Rs 5,845 per year per student enrolled in management faculty in fiscal year 2009/10, and this expense jumped to Rs 11,530 in fiscal year 2011/12.

Educationist Bidya Nath Koirala argued that the recent fee hike in government colleges disappointed those students who expected quality education after paying additional amount which made the students choose private colleges.

Source: Republica Daily

Link: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=47752

Published on 2013-01-06 03:33:02
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KU VC Sharma resigns

NIRJANA SHARMA

KATHMANDU, Nov 9

The twenty-two years long journey of Suresh Raj Sharma as the vice-chancellor (VC) of Kathmandu University (KU) ended with his resignation from the post which was immediately accepted by the university´s chancellor Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai at the KU senate Friday.

Right after Sharma´s resignation, the senate decided to form a three member committee to recommend a new VC. The Pro-Chancellor of the KU and Minister for Education Dinanath Sharma, Chairman of the KU Board of Trustees Daman Nath Dhungana and Prof Lok Bikram Thapa would recommend names of the candidates to the PM for appointment.

However, Dhungana said that he was not sure how long will it take for the committee to select the candidates. “We are yet to decide the date of our first meeting, let´s hope we will accomplish the task soon,” he said.

Sharma, the founder VC of the KU was serving his sixth consecutive tenure since January 1. PM Bhattarai had appointed him on the basis of his seniority and competency. Sharma had two years left in his office. However, he could not be reached for comments despite several attempts.

According to the KU officials, Sharma´s recent decision to hike salary for only top officials like VC, registrar and faculty deans had generated dissatisfaction against him in the university.

“The KU professors on Thursday had submitted a memorandum to the education minister to take a bold decision against the VC,” said Professor Dr Bhibhuti Ranjan Jha, chairman of KU Professors´ Association, adding,” We had also informed the prime minister about the undemocratic, unjust and corrupt nature of KU administration and the decision to hike the salary of a select few including VC, registrar, deans and controller of examinations.”

The confrontation among the KU VC, the KU Professors´ Association and the Student Welfare Council surfaced for the first time in March 2011 when the representatives of the Council padlocked the KU office for an indefinite time accusing Sharma of using nepotism in filling important posts in the university.

“We see his resignation as an end of autocracy in KU. We are hopeful for a brighter future of the university and students from now,” responded Prof Jha.

Though Sharma in the past always admitted to the media that his relatives were employed in the university, he used to defend himself saying that all of them deserved the posts.

 
Source: Republica Daily

Link: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=44741

Published on 2012-11-09 23:30:33

As Teacher As Student: Protest on re-exam after question leak

 
 
NIRJANA SHARMA

KATHMANDU, Sept 26

No sooner had the country’s oldest university gotten over the case of top level officials being held captive by the professors themselves, students on Wednesday protested the decision of Tribhuvan University (TU) to conduct re-examinations in Linguistics for Masters Degree level Major English on Oct. 10 following a case of question paper leak in the exam held on Sept. 9.

A group of irate students vandalized the Central Department of English (CDE) and also padlocked both the department and the Office of Exam Controller (OEC).

“A group of around six dozen students smashed glass and boards at the office,” said Amar Raj Joshi, chief of CDE.

The department has also postponed some oral exams for MPhill following the padlocking.

Joshi said that the students were divided over the re-examination, with some students feeling it was an injustice to those who did well in the Literature and Linguistics paper.

The question paper was found to be a copy of questions set by Assistant Professor Sharad Chandra Thakur for an internal exam at the university held three months ago. Over 2,000 students had appeared in the MA first level exam this year.

“I am keeping an eye on further developments in the case as I had performed well in the exam. Such incidents are frustrating and also detract from the reputation of the university among students,” said Yam Katuwal, a student at Ratna Rajya Laxmi College who appeared in the exam.

Meanwhile, the deputy controller at OEC said the student’s agitation would not affect the decision to conduct re-exams. “Those who want to drop the exam are free to do so but it is sure to be held on October 10,” said Deputy Controller Ramesh Joshi.

Though the CDE questions were found to have been leaked for the first time, such incidents seem to occur frequently at several other wings under TU.
On August 12, it was found that questions for the engineering entrance exams being conducted by the Institute of Engineering (IoE) were leaked.
IoE had also announced fresh exams following a report issued by the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police.

Similarly, questions for the entrance exam for Doctor in Medicine (MD) under the Institute of Medicine were also leaked two years ago.

On September 20, the National Vigilance Centre had directed the university to take action against a faculty member who leaked question papers.

TU Rector Gun Nidhi Neupane said that the university administration would soon take strict action against the guilty. “The university administration is serous about discouraging such incidents,” he said.

 
   
Published on 2012-09-26 23:12:06