PM promises education policy revamp

Kathmandu, December 29:

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ today called for a three-tier policy to provide quality education to students.

The PM made this remark at the annual assembly of the Tribhuvan University, which had been suspended for three consecutive years due to pressure from his party’s student wing, ANNISU-R, demanding its representation in the assembly.

“Political interference in education sector has caused great harm to the nation,” said the PM, who is also the Chancellor of the TU.

The PM advocated reconstruction and development of the varsity to make it accessible to one and all in keeping with the provision enshrined in the interim constitution, 2007. The statute has made education a fundamental right. He said the government had allocated the budget to set up more constituent colleges in rural areas. “Plans are also afoot to introduce a new policy,” he added. “The university will soon organise convocation ceremony, which has not been held for the past three years,” said Madhav Prasad Sharma, vice-chancellor, TU.

The programme will be held by mid-March. The TU will host of attendant facilities in the coming days. Closed circuit TVs will be installed on the campus soon. Taking a cue from developed nations, the varsity is lending finishing touches to its own FM station. The TU-affiliated campuses have been allowed to change their names if they want so. Many campuses

still bear the name of royalty, which are considered out of time, in the changed political context. “The three-year courses, too, have been upgraded to four from this academic session,” added the vice-chancellor. He also urged to put an end to disruptive activities like strike and gherao, which have been a regular feature in recent times.

TU celebrated golden jubilee this year. It boasts of 60 constituent campuses and 561 affiliated campuses.