KU professors withdraw protest

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 23, 2014-

The Kathmandu University Professors’ Association (KUPA), which was on protest for the last one month, has suspended its protest programme after the dialogue with the university administration headed for a positive track.

A three-member team from the university led by Bipin Adhikari, dean at the School of Law, started dialogue with a team led by Rameshwor Upadhyay, president of the Nepal University Teachers’ Association, from the protesting side. The second round of talks held on Saturday, however, concluded without any decision with both the parties agreeing to sit for the next round of dialogue after proper homework. The first round of dialogue was held on Tuesday.

The KUPA is protesting against the KU administration after it appointed Mohan Bikram Gyanwali as the dean of Department of Natural Science. They have been demanding the revocation of the decision claiming that Gyanwali, who is from the Tribhuvan University, should not be appointed in the KU position as there already are KU professors eligible for the post.

“The KU administration is very positive on our demands and we are trying find out a middle path,” said Upadhyay. The KUPA on Tuesday had halted all classes at the Dhulikhel campus hampering the study of over 2,000 students. The members from the dialogue committee from the university, however, refused to comment on the talks.

KUPA’s demands also include revision of their existing pay scale and that the temporary teachers should be paid on par with permanent teachers. The professors also demand that their association be recognised.

Published: 24-08-2014 09:07

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