Bhaktapur, August 28:

Students today padlocked offices of the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) for an indefinite period.

The agitating students, who are also members of the Nepal Dental Science Association, said they were compelled to take the move after CTEVT authorities failed to upgrade the one-year dental hygiene programme into three-year Intermediate in Dental Science and form a faculty of dental science in the CTEVT.

One year ago, the cabinet had directed authorities to upgrade the one-year course and form a CTEVT faculty board.

Students associated with Nepal Dental Science Association and CTEVT authorities had agreed to form an 11-member workforce on August 6 to pressure MoES and other authorities to implement the decisions made by the ministry and cabinet one year ago.

Talking to this daily, Nepal Dental Science Association president Michael Devkota said the CTEVT had not acted even after it gave a 10-day ultimatum to sort out the matter.

He alleged the CTEVT of being insincere towards students.

Hundreds of students from several CTEVT-affiliated colleges staged a sit-in in the morning.

They padlocked the curriculum division, polytechnic division, and the office of vice-president and member-secretary of CTEVT in the afternoon.

Officers said they have been doing their bit to draw the attention of the authorities to the students’ demands.

Authorities are not showing interest to address the genuine demands of students, Nir Bahadur Jirel, member-secretary of the CTEVT, said.

“We will be forced to scrap the one-year dental studies programme if authorities fail to enforce the cabinet decision as soon as possible,” Jirel added.