Agitating professsors warn of stern protests
Jul 30, 2014-
The Kathmandu University Professors’ Association (KUPA), which is demanding that the university administration revoke its decision to appoint dean at the Faculty of Natural Science, has threatened of stern protests.
Issuing a press statement on Wednesday, KUPA blamed the university authorities of ignoring their demands put forward five days ago. The association had issued a five-day ultimatum on July 25 to address its four-point demand. The professors are dissatisfied with the appointment of Mohan Bikram Gyawali as the dean. They have demanded that the position should be given to the teaching faculty from the university on the seniority basis. Gyawali is a retired professor from Tribhuvan University.
Other demands of KUPA include salary increment in accordance with the inflation rate and ending discriminatory salary scale. Similarly, it has also asked for adopting a provision of regular promotion and the awarding permanent status to university teachers based on working periods along with institutionalising KUPA, Students’ Welfare Council and Kathmandu University Staff Association to ensure their participation in the decision making process.
“We have no option other than starting the second phase of protests after the five-day ultimatum was not addressed,” read the statement. KUPA has announced to work with black band around arms in the second phase and further intensify other protest programmes if their demands are not addressed.
Published: 31-07-2014 09:08