Ordinance to improve varsities, says Mainali

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 25:

Minister for Education and Sports, Radha Krishna Mainali, today said the ‘University Ordinance’ was being brought to systematise the educational plans rather than control the education sector. Addressing a seminar titled “Higher education in Nepal” organised by the Kathmandu Model College here today, he said: “The University Umbrella Act is very necessary to solve the existing problems in the education sector. Almost all universities have their own plans and programmes, but they contradict with each other.” “There are no proper plans and none of the programmes is innovative,” said Mainali. “This has happened due to lack of a long-term policy. A comprehensive university Act will help to regularise multiple universities in the country.” The University Umbrella Act is being brought through an Ordinance. Dr Toran Bahadur Karki, former vice-chancellor of the Purbanchal University, said there is lack of implementation of the suggestions given by various commissions. The educationists said professors should resign from their posts if they go abroad for further studies or seek employment overseas. Professor Dr Bidur Prasad Upadhayaya, chairman of the University Grant Commission, said the provision of having the King as the chancellor of all the universities will end excessive politicisation in education. Dr Kedar Nath Shrestha, professor at the Kathmandu University, presented a paper at the programme.