KATHMANDU: The fee row between the Tribhuvan University and the student unions entered a new stage as the latter on Monday announced the first phase of protest programmes against the decision of the TU to hike the fees of Masters and Bachelors levels.

The students have formed a management and mobilisation committee under the coordination of Himal Sharma, president of Free Student Union (FSU) of TU Campus, Kirtipur. Raj Kumar Rai, FSU president of Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus and Manoj Baidya, FSU president of Pashupati Multiple Campus have been made members through meetings held at the office of All Nepal National Independent Students Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R) in Bagbazar on Sunday and Monday.

The press statement issued by student unions in the press conference today states that they had decided to go for a stir as their demands were not addressed by the TU. The statement has accused the decision of the TU of depriving poor students of education. They have also alleged that the TU is not taking their demands seriously.

The first phase of protest programmes began from today with the press conference and will last till November 27. The protest programmes range from sit-in protests to mass meetings. On the final day of the first phase of protest programmes on November 27, the students have decided to organise a sit-in protest at the vice chancellor’s office.