KATHMANDU: Tribhuvan University (TU) officials today ruled out possibility of the reversal of the fee-hike decision.

Speaking at a public hearing organised by various student unions, which have been protesting the TU's decision, here in the capital, Prof Dr Surya Lal Amatya, Rector, TU, said that the TU could not withdraw the decision as it would be otherwise difficult to run its affiliate colleges.

"TU will be unable to run its colleges if we won't hike the fees. Therefore, it isn't possible to make changes in the decision," he clarified.

However, leaders of the student organisations reiterated that the decision must be revoked. .

Lekhnath Neupane, president of All Nepal National Independent Students' Union-Revolutionary, said that the decision was not acceptable for students since they were not consulted before the decision was taken. He also advised the TU officials to resign from their posts if they thought they would be unable to run the university smoothly.

Pradeep Poudel, president of Nepal Students' Union, said, "The TU has underestimated the strength of students. We want the withdrawal of the fee-hike decision at any cost."

Ram Kumari Jhankri, president of All Nepal National Free Students' Union, said that they would hit the streets if the TU failed to withdraw its decision within the given deadline.

Yesterday, the student bodies had submitted a memorandum to the TU Vice Chancellor Prof Madhav Prasad Sharma to reverse the fee-hike decision within the three days.