TU decides to hike meeting allowances by 150 percent as its academic quality continues to erode every year

Published On: July 9, 2022 11:30 AM NPT By: Ruby Rauniyar

KATHMANDU, July 9: The country’s oldest university, Tribhuvan University, which has lately seen deterioration in its quality, has hiked meeting allowance by 150 percent. A meeting chaired by the Chancellor and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday amended the Public Procurement Act 2007 and Public Rules 2007 of the university to hike the meeting allowance by 150 percent.

The meeting has increased the meeting allowance of TU being given to the CA members from Rs. 1,600 to Rs. 4,000 by amending the rules of Public Procurement Act-2007 and Public Procurement Rules-2007. Similarly, the meeting allowance of the executive council has been increased from Rs 800 to Rs 2,000. 

Stakeholders have argued that it is not appropriate to increase the meeting allowance as the university is collapsing due to the strike of teachers and students. The annual meeting of the 63rd Assembly of Tribhuvan University passed the 60th grace list. This time, 63,137 students who completed the undergraduate, postgraduate, philosophical and doctoral examinations and obtained transcripts by fulfilling all the required requirements will be graduating this time.

Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister and Chancellor of the University Sher Bahadur Deuba urged the university to create an environment conducive to easy access to higher education for all sections and communities of the society. He highlighted the need for the university to compete in the global market and produce marketable manpower. 

Prime Minister Deuba focused on the need for all the universities to make their education world class in order to prevent many students from going abroad for higher education. "It is important for our universities to move forward by creating courses that can be sold in the world market," he said.

He directed the university officials to save the huge amount of money of the nation by creating an environment where students can get education according to their interest and market demand in their own country. He expressed confidence that the budget policy and program could improve the academic standard of the university and improve it as a well-equipped educational institution by improving the physical infrastructure.

"The government aims to make TU a center of excellence in this year's policy program and budget," said Minister Poudel, who is also the vice-chancellor. 

Tribhuvan University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof.Dr Dharmakanta Baskota said that Tribhuvan University is working in a planned manner to solve the problem of thousands of students dropping out for higher education every year. He said that everyone should be proud that TU has been able to stand among the best universities in Asia from 201 to 250.

He informed the meeting that the university has developed an international standard webpage, made the central library technology-friendly, succeeded in internationalizing the available textbooks, started using electronic devices to control intellectual piracy, and increased the budget for scientific research and policy research. "A special task force has been formed to restructure the university and work is underway," said Vice-Chancellor Baskota. 

The physical infrastructure damaged by the earthquake of 2072 BS has been rebuilt. Vice-Chancellor Baskota had requested the government to manage pensions as the government of Nepal has not taken responsibility for the subsidy and pension of the teachers and staff working in the TU.

Rs 894.2 million has been proposed for the development program. Similarly, out of the Rs 14.39 billion for the regular program for the coming year, Rs 1.40 billion would be borne from the central internal revenue and the remaining Rs 12.98 billion would be sought from the Government of Nepal through the University Grant Commission.


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