TU treads middle path

  • Set to endorse semester in only 3 faculties
- BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu

Jan 19, 2015-

The Tribhuvan University (TU) has tread a middle path to resolve the protracted semester system expansion row. Under pressure from the students unions, a TU office bearers meeting on Monday decided to expand the new system in only three faculties.

The meeting decided to endorse the semester in Science, Law and Public Administration streams, while the studies will continue under the annual system in Management, Education and Humanities.

Fifteen student unions affiliated to various ruling and opposition political parties have been demanding a withdrawal of the TU’s plan to expand semester from all of its constituent and affiliated colleges in the Valley.

Ganga Bahadur Thapa, chief at the TU’s Department of Student Welfare, however said the office bearers’ decision will take effect only after it is endorsed by the TU Executive Council.

The unions’ protest against the semester system has delayed the new academic session for the master’s level in public colleges under the university. The unions have been barring the colleges from distributing application forms saying that the university cannot implement the new system “without preparations”.

They claim the TU launched the system without managing trained and competent teachers, proper syllabi and other required infrastructure.  

On December 17, 2013, the TU Executive Council had decided to introduce the semester system in all 32 central departments and gradually expand the programme across the country.

As per the plan, the TU decided to replace the annual system in all the colleges in the Valley this year and the rest of the TU colleges by next year.

Besides the two dozen constituent colleges, the country’s oldest varsity has also called for applications from the affiliated private colleges.

A total of 36 colleges have applied so far to introduce the programme. The TU raised Rs 30,000 from each of the applicant colleges for the feasibility study and held their orientation on December 26 and 27.  

Though all the colleges were granted permission to introduce the new system, the private colleges are in dilemma due to the lack of proper instruction from the TU. They have warned of a legal recourse if the university does not allow them to run their classes under the semester system.

The council is meeting on Thursday to decide on the matter.

 

Published: 20-01-2015 12:41

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