November 23, 2019 08:49 AM NPT
By: Yogesh Rawal
The Karnali Campus in this file photo. Photo: Yogesh Rawal/Republica
TIKAPUR, Nov 23: Karnali Multiple Campus in Tikapur Municipality, Kailali, has been closed due to the lack of students.
In October 2013, the campus started running the Bachelors of Business Studies (BBS) course in affiliation with Tribhuvan University. But now, the campus which was temporarily affiliated with the university, and is situated at Satti of Tilapur Municipality-7, has been closed due to the lack of students.
According to Rabindra Kathayat, the then chief of the campus, a total of only seven students were admitted to the campus in the 2013 batch. “The number of students didn't increase in the following years, either. The campus was running with a few students,” he said, adding that the campus had to stop admitting students from the third year of operation.
Kathayat said that the number of students getting enrolled in the management stream at the higher secondary level has decreased also at Karnali High School and Tribhuvan High School which are nearby. “Due to the decline in the number of management students at the higher secondary level, the campus received fewer students. The existing management students, too, have left the region after their high school,” he said.
Kathayat, who was the chief of the campus, is a lecturer at Tribhuvan High School in Batanpur. He was appointed the chief of Karnali Multiple Campus for a tenure of four years in 2013. He is still looking after the administrative work at the campus where the students are yet to graduate.
Karnali Secondary School had provided infrastructures such as buildings for operating Karnali Multiple Campus. For three years, the campus ran classes in the building of Karnali High School.
The locals had demanded that the campus run bachelors level in the education stream. According to Yagya Neupane, president of the Board of Directors of the campus, it had to start the bachelor's level in management as the university delayed to permit it to run classes in education stream. The campus in 2017 had also submitted application to Tribhuvan University seeking permission to run classes in education stream.
“The campus will reopen only if the university permits to run the education stream. We are working to reopen the campus,” he added.
Locals, who were excited after the establishment of the campus in the region, now have to go elsewhere, for example Tikapur, for higher education.