Woman chief sought for Padma Kanya campus

Kathmandu, February 27

Students and teachers of Padma Kanya Multiple Campus have demanded 33 per cent women representation in senior positions of the campus.

Organising a press meet on the campus premises yesterday, teachers and students demanded appointment of a woman campus chief.

Prof Kalpana Shrestha, vice-principal of the campus, said although women were competent for the position of campus chief, they were always left behind. “Padma Kanya Multiple Campus is the only constituent campus of Tribhuvan University, which enrols only female students. As only females study in the college, we demand appointment of a woman campus chief,” she said.

Meanwhile, it has been learnt that Tribhuvan University vice-chancellor has recommended a male teacher as the chief of the campus. “The committee formed to recommend eligible candidates has suggested three names. Of them two are male and one female. Those recommended for the position are Prof Dhana Prasad Pandit, Suresh Acharya and Prof Jaya Pradhan,” said Prof Shrestha.

Prof Shrestha added that Prof Dhana Prasad Pandit had only three-and-a-half years to retire, while Suresh Acharya had less experience compared to the two other nominees. Prof Jaya Pradhan has eight years left for retirement and also has the experience of being vice-principal. “So, all students and teachers want her to become the campus chief,” said Prof Shrestha.

Sadhana Ghimire, president of Padma Kanya Multiple Campus chapter of Nepal Student Union, shared that only five constituent colleges of TU had appointed women chief throughout the country.

Prof Shrestha said they had collected signatures of teachers and students and submitted it to TU vice-chancellor demanding appointment of a female campus chief.