Student unions give PU 24 hours to right wrongs
KATHMANDU, SEP 11 - Demanding an end to the existing malpractices in the varsity, three student unions close to the opposition parties on Monday issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the Purbanchal University (PU).
Putting forth a seven-point charter of demands, the CPN-UML-close All Nepal National Free Students' Union, the Nepali Congress-affiliated Nepal Students' Union (NSU) and the CPN-Maoist-aligned All Nepal National Independent Students' Union-Revolutionary have announced to halt administrative works at the university unless their demands are addressed by Tuesday.
The unions have claimed that the PU vice-chancellor, with support from the student wing of the ruling UCPN (Maoist)--All Nepal National Independent Students' Union (Revolutionary)--is involved in irregularities. On Thursday, the union seized the question papers of medical faculties while an entrance examination was scheduled to take place on Saturday. The papers were seized in a premeditated manner, said NSU Coordinator Ranjeet Karna. The three unions have condemned the act of the ANNISU-R that led to the postponement of the entrance test.
The agitating unions have demanded a fair investigation into the case and action against those involved in seizing the papers. They have sought online submission of entrance applications, enforcement of the academic calendar, decentralisation of exams, transparency in scholarships and other financial activities, and strengthening the PU contact office in Kathmandu.
Posted on: 2012-09-11 02:00