KATHMANDU: Thirteen student unions today decided to disrupt the 35th Convocation Day of Tribhuvan University (TU), which is slated for December 11.
The TU is bent on approving the fee hike decision on December 7 through its council meeting.
Today's decision of the agitating student unions came at a meeting held here during which the student unions chalked out their third-round of stir. TU has hiked the fee by ten-fold at the Bachelors and Masters Level.
TU has announced that the revised fee structure would come into effect from November 4.
But the 13-student unions opposed it and submitted a 72-day ultimatum to the Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Madhav Prasad Sharma on November 17, demanding to roll back the decision.
TU has said that the fee would not be rolled back at any cost, arguing that it was necessary to raise the academic quality of the nation's oldest and largest institution of higher education.
Following the adamant stance taken by the TU administration, the students announced their second-phase of protest lasting from November 23 to 27.
Talking to The Himalayan Times today, Pradeep Poudel, president of Nepal Students' Union said that since the TU administration was not serious to sort out the problem through dialogues, they were compelled to announce the third-phase of protest programme.
"We are going to halt the TU Convocation Day on December 11 and TU Assembly on December 7, which is going to pass the fee hike decision."
Meanwhile, in a bid to pressurise the party leaders to support their demand for rolling back the fe-hike, student leaders said they would be meeting with top leaders of major political parties--Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the UCPN-Maoist -- soon.
Students will display cartoons depicting TU's anomalies which is scheduled on December 1, he said.
Similarly, students will gherao key TU offices and staffers, including VC, Rector and Registrar for an indefinite period beginning December 3, Poudel said.
Student unions are also bent on seeking resignation of the TU officials in their next phase of protest programme.
However, vice chancellor Prof Sharma, said the decision could not be withdrawn since it was necessary for the enhancement of quality of education which ultimately would benefit the students.
He also said that the students were well-informed of the fact that the TU could not improve its quality without hiking fee.
"The students should act wisely for their future," he said, adding that the new fee structure was devised after consultation with experts, deans and other officials, whose overall aim was betterment of TU and its students.
"No amount of pressure will change our decision," he added.
The revised monthly tuition fee at diploma level is Rs 500. While that for master's level is Rs 700. The admission fee is fixed at Rs 500 for each level.
Until now, the monthly fee structure for diploma was Rs 61, while that of master's level was Rs 50. Admission fee was Rs 500 in each level.