Student unions submit memo to TU VC

Kathmandu, September 23

Student unions affiliated to various political parties today submitted a three-point memorandum to Tribhuvan University Vice Chancellor Prof Tirtha Khaniya, demanding that the Free Students Union election be held on time.

A delegation of representatives from various student unions, including Nepali Congress-aligned Nepal Student Union, CPN-UML aligned All Nepal National Free Students Union, CPN-Maoist Centre aligned All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary and others visited the TU VC to draw his attention towards various issues.

The student unions have urged university officials to make necessary preparations for FSU election. TU had earlier decided to hold the FSU election on February 25, 2017.

The FSU election is being postponed time and again due to dispute between student unions. The unions have also demanded inclusion while enrolling students in Institute of Medicine and other campuses.

A month ago, the Supreme Court had issued a directive to all universities and colleges to adopt the principle of inclusion while enrolling students.

Similarly, they have also asked the TU officials to ensuring health insurance of all students in TU campuses.

Nainsingh Mahar, president, NSU, said, “Since the TU has assured us that it would conduct the FSU election on the stipulated date, we asked the officials to announce the time table for the election.”

Addressing the student delegation, Prof Khaniya vowed to hold the poll on February 25, 2017 at any cost.

A few months ago, TU had formed a committee under Rector Prof Sudha Tripathy to hold discussions with student unions to sort out all disputed issues. The committee has held a few meetings with the student unions.

Student unions are also preparing the environment for holding the election within the stipulated deadline.