Students boycott MA, BA exams

KATHMANDU: Students affiliated with several student unions boycotted all the examinations of BA third year and MA first year scheduled for today, demanding the release of the students arrested yesterday.

The students visited the examination centres at Pashupati Multiple Campus at Chabahil, Shankar Dev Campus at Putalisadak, Thapathali Engineering Campus, Nepal Commerce Campus at Minbhawan and Padma Kanya Campus at Bagbazar and disrupted the examinations.

More than two dozen students were arrested from the Office of the Controller of Examinations in Balkhu when they reached there for talks to reschedule the MBA first year’s Corporate Finance exam held earlier.

More than 20 students, who were protesting the TU decision of phasing out the Proficiency Certificate Level, were injured in a clash with police at Amrit Science College (ASCOL). Ironically, the students have also been demanding discipline in examinations.

Kamal Basnet, ASCOL president of the Free Students’ Union, said student Nirajan Adhikari had got his back broken while the police threw him down the top of a three-storey building during the scuffle yesterday.

Minister for General Administration Rabindra Shrestha today visited the Maharajgunj-based Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital to learn about the injured. He assured the students of free treatment.

“The minister released our friends today. We are hopeful that the treatment expenses of the injured will be provided and that process to solve the problems facing the education sector will be initiated,” Basnet said.

The agitating students burnt the effigy of Home Minister Bhim Rawal in front of the college, halting traffic there for two hours beginning 9:30 am today.