HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Professors and students’ unions affiliated to the CPN-UML today condemned the Tribhuvan University for appointing Dr Prakash Sayami as dean of the Institute of Medicine in the wake of Dr Govinda KC’s fast-unto-death seeking merit-based appointments at the institute.
It is said that Dr Sayami, one of the seniormost professors at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital also serving at Manmohan Cardiothoracic, Vascular and Transplant Centre, was appointed on August 18 under the direction of Prime Minister Babu Ram Bhattarai.
On August 14, the TU had appointed Dr Dharma Kanta Baskota as dean of the institute, only to replace him with Dr Sayami four days later.
Speaking at a press meet today, Prof Bijaya Bahadur Silwal, president of the UML-aligned Nepal University Progressive Teachers’ Association, said removal of Dr Baskota as dean had spoiled his personal and social status.
He said TU even thought unnecessary to inform Dean Recommendation Committee formed under the coordination of Prof Dr Ritu Prasad Gadtaula about Dr Baskota’s removal.
“TU immediately formed a new committee to select dean and replaced Dr Baskota with Dr Sayami,” he said.
“Through its unilateral decision, the executive committee has done injustice to Dr Baskota,” he said. “This decision has also breached the agreement reached between professors and the government to appoint candidates in vacant posts on the basis of understanding.”
Dr Gadtaula said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hira Maharjan tried to avoid a delegation of teachers when they went to his office to submit their report.
He said, “TU Registrar pressed us to forward Dr Sayami’s name for the dean’s post, but we did not oblige. Later, Dr Sayami got appointed through PM’s direct intervention.”
Kishor Bikram Malla, general secretary of the CPN-UML aligned All Nepal National Free Students Union, termed Dr Baskota’s removal from the dean’s post as intentional.
He said the union will soon announce a protest against the government’s direct intervention.