Irate students lock up TU journalism dept

Kathmandu, May 14:

The Masters’ level students of Journalism and Mass Communication Department of the Tribhuvan University, Ratna Rajya Campus unit, are protesting the failure of the department head to work as per the aspirations of its students.

The students have demanded the resignation of the department head. Irate students also locked the department this morning. The students are demanding the introduction of the system of re-checking the exam papers, while accusing the current marking system of being “biased”. Many students, who claimed to attend regular classes, complained that they had received low marks in practical exams as compared to the ones who never attended regular classes.

The students have also formed a struggle committee under the leadership of Umesh Bhandary to keep the regular classes going and maintain the department’s library, which remains closed for the students. According to the students, the classes are irregular and some teachers below par. They also accused the department of charging higher fees as compared to departments of other faculties. Even then, the facilities the department offers are poor, they complained.

The struggle committee is scheduled to hold a press conference on Tuesday morning and thereafter, to meet the TU vice-chancellor. President of the Free Students Union (FSU) Navaraj Poudel said the students would solve the problems the department was now facing at all costs.

FSU office vandalised

KATHMANDU: A group of students under the leadership of Saroj Yadav, joint secretary of the Free Students’ Union (FSU), Tribhuvan University central campus, vandalised the FSU office after some students from the union beat him up on Sunday morning. Windowpanes of the office were smashed and the furniture broken, according to a FSU member who requested anonymity. Yadav, who is also a chairman of Terai Students Forum, had submitted a memorandum demanding a certain quota for the students of the Terai region in the Kanti Ishwori Girls Hostel. — HNS