ANNISU-R hunger strike against PCL phase-out

KATHMANDU: The All Nepal National Independent Students’ Union-Revolutionary today announced a protest programme to press Tribhuvan University for revising its

decision of phasing out Proficiency Certificate Level.

The resolve of the TU academic council not to run the intermediate level in its campuses starting this academic year has drawn the flak of 13 student unions, which have closed ranks to agitate for the welfare of the students.

The unions will hold an indefinite relay hunger strike on all campuses which ran the university programme beginning August 2. From August 9, they will observe fast-unto-death before the vice chancellor’s office in Kirtipur, under the coordination of Lekhnath Neupane, ANNISU-R president.

Organising a press conference, Neupane said their stir would be peaceful and decent.

“The TU and the government stayed adamant notwithstanding the protest of the student unions. This has enraged the students awaiting admission.”

He called on all unions and students to create pressure so as to compel the university to withdraw its decision and announce admission in the PCL.

Neupane expressed his party’s solidarity with students protesting the TU decision of scrapping internal assessment system in master’s level examinations. He called on the Free Students’ Union to make efforts to resolve the row.

The union also urged the country’s largest university to hold the cancelled MSc and MBS examinations.