KATHMANDU, Nov 2: A study conducted by the National Vigilance Centre has exposed anomalies and irregularities prevailing in the oldest university in the country-Tribhuvan University (TU)- including the shirking of the duties by the lecturers and professors of the University.
The lecturers and the professors recruited in the permanent position in the 59-year-old University-were found to be taking lesser hours of class than prescribed in the curriculum.
Teachers here were found to have taken around 3 to 4 hours of classes in a week in contrary to at least 12-15 hours of classes to be taken in a week.
A team coordinated by the Superintendent of Police Ranjan Bista of the Centre had conducted a study in the University and the colleges affiliated to it from April to mid-June earlier this year.
Centre’s Information Officer Dalnath Aryal shared that the teachers in the collages under TU such as Engineering College in Pulchowk, Tri-Chandra, Amrit Science Campus among others were enjoying all state facilities and perks despite the dismal discharge of their duties.
Furthermore, as Information Officer Aryal shared that a majority of the teachers in the TU would submit application seeking TU’s permission for them to allow teaching in other academic institution and the TU Monitoring Directorate easily issues permissions to them which, as Aryal argued, encouraging irregularities prevailing in the University.
The permanent teachers in the TU teaching lesser hours and recruitment of teachers on contract basis causes financial burden to the TU, asserted Aryal, adding that there were altogether 7,920 permanent teachers of whom 1,410 were also found to have professional engagement elsewhere.
Moreover, since the resignations tendered by the teachers were not yet approved, leading to confusion about the exact number of vacant seats in the TU.
The study has also brought to fore the fact that the teachers were not punctual and would quit their professional engagement with the University without obtaining approval.
Resignations tendered by a total 33 professors in last two decades were yet to be approved. As a result, it is difficult to ascertain the number of vacancies in the TU.
Also, it has been exposed that the colleges under the TU were arbitrarily providing monetary assistance to the students under various pretext incurring millions of financial loss to the University.
The growing influences of politics and vested interests among the teachers, staffers and the students have also contributed to the irregularities in the University, the study concludes.