Tough task for TU to extend semester plan

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 6, 2015-

Student unions’ protest against the semester system has delayed new academic session for the master’s level in public colleges under Tribhuvan University.

The TU had invited applications from students by January 4 for enrolment but no application has been filed owing to the protests of 15 students unions. They have been barring the colleges from distributing forms saying that the university cannot implement the new system “without preparations”.

They claim that the TU launched the system without managing trained and competent teachers, proper syllabi and other required infrastructure. The TU was scheduled to hold an entrance test on January 13 and begin classes from January 29.

The students have threatened to distribute forms for the existing annual system if the university fails to ensure the required infrastructure. “The TU introduced the system without homework,” said Deepak Gautam of the All Nepal National Free Student Union.

The oldest varsity in the country introduced semester system in its 38 central departments last year in an effort to improve the quality of education. It plans to expand the system to about two dozen constituent colleges across the country from the new academic session in this phase.

The TU has 61 constituent colleges and 1,111 affiliate colleges where about half a million students are enrolled. One third of these students and colleges are in the Capital. In the semester system, students are required to sit entrance exams and take all tests in English medium. The unions have also protested the enrolment quotas demanding that every one fulfilling the criteria must be allowed to study.

As per its five-year strategic plan, TU will limit the intake of students and make entrance tests mandatory in all subjects by 2017. Concluding that the high number of students had hampered its efforts to produce quality and competitive human resource, the university decided to replace its annual system by semester system, fix the class size and limit student intake.

Apex court upholds decision to bar JMC MBBS enrolment

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the decision of the TU Institute of Medicine (IoM) and Nepal Medical Council (NMC) to stop student enrolment to Janaki Medical College.

A division bench of Justices Girish Chandra Lal and Cholendra Shumsher Rana reinforced the decision of the NMC and IoM to bar the Janakpur-based JMC from admitting students.

An IoM faculty board had made the decision on September 10 citing that the college lacked infrastructure and faculties adequate for enrolling MBBS students.

The JMC had challenged the decision at Patan Appellate Court in the third week of September. The court on December 17 quashed the petition and approved the decision of the IoM and the NMC.

Published: 07-01-2015 09:22

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