Unions lobby for univ VCs

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 29, 2015-

With a week left for retirement of vice-chancellors of seven universities in the country, professors’ associations from various political parties have started lobbying to secure the positions to their close ones.

On Wednesday, the Democratic Professors’ Association (DPA) affiliated to Nepali Congress (NC) submitted a list of candidates to Education Minister Chitra Lekha Yadav while CPN-UML affiliated Progressive University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) is also preparing to table a similar list. 

The post of VC is being vacant in Tribhuvan University (TU), Pokhara University, Purbanchal University (PU), Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU), Nepal Sanskrit University, Mid-Western University (MWU) and Far-Western University (FWU) on August 8.

The DPA has recommended its chairperson Basu Ghimire, incumbent Rector Guna Nidhi Neupane, former vice-chairman of Higher Secondary Education Board Tirtha Khaniya and Amar Raj Joshi among others for the post in TU. Similarly, Madhav Raj Gautam, Prem Kumar Acharya, Pursottam Dahal and Kartike Jha have been recommended for NSU while Badri Nath Shrestha and Ghanshyam Lal Das are listed as candidates for Purbanchal University. The central committee meeting of the association also recommended Basanta Raj Sharma and Kali Prasad Pandey for MWU, and Bednath Sharma and Binod Shrestha for Pokhara University. Chetnath Bhatta and Bhusan Shrestha, and Jagat Lal Shrestha have been recommendation for FWU and AFU respectively.

Earlier, UML had appointed VCs in TU, FWU, Pokhara and AFU, while MWU and NSU were given to those close to NC. The VC for Purbanchal University was also appointed under UML quota. However, since both the prime minister and education minister are from NC, the DPA is lobbying to secure their people in maximum universities. PM is the ex-officio Chancellor and education minister is ex-officio Pro-Chancellor of all the universities.

“The UML-led government had given a fair share to all the major parties,” said Bijay Silwal, chairperson of PUTA. “The NC should keep up with the trend.”

Published: 30-07-2015 08:06

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