TU to introduce credit transfer system

Kathmandu, January 19

A three-member research committee has submitted a report on introducing credit transfer system in Tribhuvan University. The TU senate had endorsed the work procedure relating to the system on September 20, 2015.

Once the new system is introduced, Nepali and foreign students studying in foreign universities will be allowed to continue their studies in TU. However, only international students who have completed 50 or less credit hours in foreign universities can apply for credit transfer in TU. Likewise, 50 per cent of the subjects of the transferred course should match with the course in TU. Students seeking credit transfer will not be allowed to change their core or major subjects.

Tirtha Raj Khaniya, vice-chancellor of TU, however, said implementation of the system in the university where political tussles were often reflected in classrooms, was very difficult. “Although we decided to implement credit transfer system, we are not sure if reputed foreign universities are willing to work with us as classes are often disrupted for political reasons,” he said and added that they would introduce the system for a few programmes from the new academic session.

“We are facing difficulties even implementing the semester system in colleges. So, running classes on the basis of credit hours can be really challenging,” VC Khaniya said.

Hridish Pokhrel, executive director of Office of Planning Directorate at TU, said the office had started research on credit transfer system after a lot of foreign universities and students showed their interest in studying in TU.

“Foreign students have shown interest in seeking credit transfer to our colleges especially in technical and health related subjects,” added Pokhrel. More than 80 per cent students in the country either study in 60 constituent campuses of TU or in more than 1,084 private and public campus affiliated to TU.

The TU is a largest university in the country and ninth largest in the world. It offers more than 2,000 post graduates programmes under the wide range of disciplines.