LETTERS

Show of support

This is in reference to the edit page article “New universities” (THT, Nov. 22). In an age when intellectual capital is regarded as the most valuable asset of any country, the education

sector in Nepal should also focus on employing competent, professional and dedicated educators so as to produce efficient manpower for the country.

There is no denying that Tribhuvan University (TU) remains the centre of competent acadmic

manpower in Nepal.

However, most of the students have hardly been able to take any advantage of the available resources in the university. Students have to rely on part-time teachers as the experienced teachers switch over to institutions that give them more attractive offers. Moreover, the recent decision of the TU administration to hire part-time teachers on contract basis without following any selection procedure does not seem rational in this age of competition.Furthermore, it also allows space for politicisation of the university.

TU should maintain its educational standard and hire educators purely on the basis of competence through free competition, either full time or part time. This will help TU produce the best of manpower that the country needs for its development. The demand of the agitating TU students that TU should select the part-time teachers through free competition is fully justified.

Keshav Raj Panthee, National Secretary, Pragyik Vidyarthi Parishad

Forge unity

This refers to the news report “Carter comes up with a road map” (THT, Nov. 25). I support the effort made by the former US president Jimmy Carter to bring an end to the political crisis in Nepal. However, if the eight political parties cannot hold the CA polls soon, it is very likely that the common Nepali people will lose their faith in them. Worse still, Nepal’s fate could be very much similar to Myanmar or Afghanistan. Most Nepali friends I have met here in Norway do not share much optimism about the present political situation in Nepal. The political parties must give up their adamant stances and understand that they do not represent the 27 million people whose wishes can only be expressed through a free and fair CA election. They should forget their past rivalry and mistrust and lead the country out of the

present crisis.

Chhavi Raj Bhatt, Oslo, Norway

Differences

The comprehensive peace agreement signed between the SPA and the Maoists was viewed as a foundation on which a new Nepal would be built. The Maoists, who renounced violence and joined the mainstream politics following the agreement, must be considered an important element in the peace process. However, one thing that has not gone according to the expectations of the common Nepalis is the failure of the government to hold Constituent Assembly elections so far.

The second postponement of the polls has come as a major disappointment with the Maoists unwilling to change their stance on the full PR system of election and the declaration of republic through Parliament. Even the special session of the parliament could not find a solution. If the parties cannot end the impasse soon, their legitimacy would be questioned.

Sanchita Nepali, Butwal-7, Rupandehi