PM urged not to interfere in TU activities

Kathmandu, August 28

Tribhuvan University officials today urged Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to not to interfere in the activities of the university.

Congratulating PM Dahal on being elected as the prime minister and wishing him a successful tenure, the team from TU, including Vice Chancellor Prof Tirtha Raj Khaniya, Rector Prof Dr Sudha Tripathy and Registrar Dilli Ram Upreti urged him increase budget allocated for the university and not to interfere in its activities.

Talking to The Himalayan Times, Prof Khaniya said, “PM was very positive about appointing officials in the varsity on the basis of his/her academic credentials.”

He also accused the Parliament of doing injustice to the varsity by allowing new universities to use the property of TU without consulting them.  “TU is one of the largest universities in the world but the government has done almost nothing for its proper management and development,” he said, adding, “The budget provided by the government to the varsity is very insufficient.”

The officials also drew the attention of the PM regarding reconstruction of TU infrastructure destroyed by the earthquake last year.

TU premises in Kirtipur is spread over 3,758 ropanies (188.23 hectares) of land.

A total of 436,781 students (56 per cent male and 44 per cent female) enrolled in the university in the academic year 2014/15. Of them, 15 per cent enrolled in technical education.

Similarly, the university employs a total of 15,195 staff. Of them, 7,966 are teaching staff (82 per cent male and 18 per cent female) and 7,230 are non-teaching staff (68 per cent male and 32 per cent female).

There are four research centres, five institutes, four faculties, 60 constituent campuses and 1,084 affiliated campuses under the Tribhuvan University.