Print Edition - 2014-09-10 | Nation
TU loses 200,000 students in a year
Sep 9, 2014-
Student enrolment in Tribhuvan University (TU), the oldest varsity in the country, has decreased by more than 36 percent in a year.
A report presented at the TU senate meeting on Sunday shows that the student number in the university’s constituent and affiliated colleges declined by 199,096 in fiscal year 2013/14 in comparison to the previous year. The total enrolment, which was 604,437 in 2012/13, has decreased to 405,341. Both the constituent and affiliated colleges have seen significant decline in the number of students during the period. The report shows the enrolment in the affiliated colleges declined to 273,349 from 331,000 while the number of students in the constituent colleges decreased to 148,141 from 273,349 during the same period.
The TU officials claim that there was an unnatural rise in the number of students in 2012/13 as students unions enrolled thousands of students to increase their vote share in the Free Student Union (FSU) election. TU Registrar Chandra Mani Poudel said it is historical tendency that the number of students increases during the election period and decreases in the following year. “The decline is natural,” he claimed.
The students unions close to UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and CPN-UML admitted thousands of students in various colleges across the country to secure their position in the FSU election held on June 6 last year. The “vote-buying tactics” of the student unions brought a fortune worth around Rs 500 million to the university as a large amount of money was invested to enrol “bogus” students. As a student paid around Rs 4,000 on average for admission, TU constituent colleges reportedly earned an additional Rs 500 million and the central office made around Rs 30 million at the rate of Rs 250 per student. The university has 60 constituent and over 1,000 affiliated colleges across the country. According to a report of the University Grants Commission, a government body to regulate the universities in the country, 85 percent of the total university students study at TU.
Published: 10-09-2014 09:20