Engineering college found operating without affiliation to university

Nawalparasi, February 26

Oxford College of Engineering and Management in Gaidakot of Nawalparasi has enrolled students without seeking affiliation from any university, it is learnt.

The anomaly came to light after Pokhara University on Tuesday issued an official notice and told the college administration to be responsible for the students.

Chief of the planning and programme department at Pokhara University, Hari Bahadur Khadka, confirmed that the college had admitted students without seeking affiliation from the university.

“Regarding the students’ admission, we have sought full details from the college administration,” said Khadka, cautioning against possible action that the college might face for such an illegal act, while also reiterating that no other entity but the college itself has to be responsible for the students’ future.

Nepal Student Union has warned of shutting down the college from March 1 protesting the negligence. “It is illegal for any college to admit the students without acquiring affiliation from any university,” said NSU central member Gokul Sapkota. The college had started running classes from September last year.

Meanwhile, assistant principal at the college, Tilak Panthi, admitted that students were enrolled without the college acquiring affiliation but said that they had received assurances regarding affiliation from the university. “In fact, we enrolled students only after we received assurances from the university. We only faced problems as the officials in the university get transferred frequently,” he said, adding, “But as we are concerned about the students’ future, we will secure their registration at all costs.”

It is important to note that March 6 has been set as the deadline for registration of students.