Protest at Agriculture and Forestry University continues in Chitwan

CHITWAN: The protest programmes organised, against the step taken by the Agriculture and Forestry University in Rampur of Chitwan to spend the budget in purchasing lavish vehicles for its high ranking officials, has continued to affect the regular classes and administrative works.

The protesters have accused the university officials of spending budget in extravagant things, while it lacks educational materials, and buildings for laboratory and library are in dilapidated conditions.

As part of the protest spearheaded by Nepal Student Union -- a political student wing affiliated to the Nepali Congress -- the central office of the varsity has been padlocked.

The university has purchased a vehicle of TATA Company worth Rs 6.1 million for its vice chancellor, a vehicle of the same price for its registrar, and a vehicle of Hyundai Company worth Rs 5.1 million for the chairman of the university service commission, the agitators claimed.

Likewise, four other vehicles have been purchased, each for its two deans, director of its central office and research director.

Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Dr Ishwori Prasad Dhakal said purchase of the vehicles was made as per need.