Mathema resigns as KU senate member

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu
Mathema in his resignation letter has said KU has failed to come up with any statement on reports of CIAA intervention in its examination

Jul 6, 2016-Objecting to the Commission of Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA)’s intervention in one of Kathmandu University’s examinations, Kedar Bhakta Mathema on Tuesday stepped down as member of the KU Senate, the apex body of the varsity.

In his resignation letter addressed to the KU chancellor, Mathema has said the university failed to issue a public statement “either rebutting or rejecting” various allegations that the university has faced in relation to CIAA intervention. 

“I have arrived at this difficult decision of stepping down as member of the Senate of this esteemed university,” reads the resignation letter by Mathema. “In the past few weeks, there have been lots of reports in the media and elsewhere regarding CIAA’s role in the examination of KU’s School of Medical Sciences,” he has added, referring to the post-graduate entrance examination of KU’s School of Medical Sciences on May 28. 

Two days prior to the entrance examination, the CIAA and police had stormed into the university in Dhulikhel and later taken over the entire examination, claiming that questions had been leaked. 

Later when the results were published, son of Dr Bhagwat Nepal, a member of the examination committee, had topped the entrance test. 

The Post on June 26 carried a report questioning the legitimacy of the entrance examination and the results. 

In the wake of media reports on CIAA intervention in KU exam, six former VCs, including Mathema, had demanded a parliamentary probe into the incident. 

The former VCs, mostly of TU, stated that CIAA intervention had breached the autonomy of the university while the test flouted international practices and norms as “the son of a member of the examination committee had topped the exam”. 

Published: 06-07-2016 09:03

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