OCE lockout called off

Campuses, TU to remain locked: ANNFSU

Kathmandu, January 19:

The students’ wing of the CPN-UML, All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU), today opened the lock at the Tribhuvan University’s Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE).

At its central level meeting, which was organised here today, the CPN (UML)-affiliated students’ organisation said the lock was opened as the entire academic year of the students could go waste if the examinations were not conducted on time.

“Constituent assembly polls and other political developments might delay examinations further if they were not conducted on time,” Balgopal Upadhayaya, an ANNFSU leader, said, adding, “That is why the lockout was called off.”

“In the past, students had lost an entire academic year due to elections,” he said, adding, “We opened the lock at the OCE because we did not want to cause any problem to students.”

Demanding immediate appointment of vice-chancellors and other key officials in the Tribhuvan, Purbanchal, Pokhara and Nepal Sanskrit Universities, students had padlocked the controller’s office on December 27.

Upadhayaya, however, said the lockout of the TU and other campuses will continue till students’ demands were met.

Examinations of the postgraduate-level (first year) are beginning on February 5. The examination schedule of the Bachelor’s level third year and intermediate-level second year has not been published due to the students’ protests.