Parliamentary body calls on TU for effective implementation of academic calendar

Published On: August 4, 2023 08:45 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 4: The House of Representatives, Education, Health and Information Technology Committee has urged Tribhuvan University (TU), the oldest university in the country, to implement its annual calendar in an effective way.

Following a presentation by TU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Dharmakant Baskota in the committee meeting today, lawmakers pointed out that the students were compelled to go abroad for higher education and employment as TU which is the biggest university in terms of both infrastructure and property was not run in a systematic manner.

Committee president Dr Kaluram Rai called for thinking on ways as to how the situation of students having to go abroad for tertiary education could be stopped.

Nepali Congress lawmaker Dr Chandrakanta Bhandary said the country's identity should be established on the basis of education and suggested directly appointing those completing higher degrees including PhD and excelling in their studies as professor.

CPN-UML lawmaker Bidya Bhattarai stressed that strong commitment of the highest political level was required for resolving the problem of various sides padlocking the University frequently by getting to the root cause of the problem.

CPN (Maoist Center) lawmaker and former Education Minister Devendra Poudel said the TU should carry out the works it can do by itself since it is an autonomous body and it should bring programmes capable of attracting students.

Describing the incidents of lockout and physical attack that take place in the University as deplorable acts, he said his party would assist in checking such activities in the university.

Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) lawmaker Sumana Shrestha called on TU to conduct a study on the aspirations of the students and the level of their academic satisfaction. She stressed enforcing the annual academic calendar for every subject. Dr Toshima Karki of the same party demanded that those committing mistakes in the question paper should be punished.

University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Devraj Adhikari said the Commission is preparing to enforce the National Quality Test. He added that the process of merging the TU campuses has also begun.



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