An Interview with Vice-Chancellor of Tribhuvan University: Hira Bahadaur Maharjan
Republica National Daily
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What has the TU been doing to take the situation under control that has emerged as the poll remains undecided?
Tribhuvan university has always been very loyal and liberal toward the demands of the student leaders who represent the well being of thousands of students studying in the constituent and affiliated colleges of the TU.
We have again invited the leaders for dialogue as the university is serious about ensuring their legitimate rights. The poll can be rescheduled to anytime the students agree. But all the unions must agree on the date.
Don´t you feel the university should have acted tough on mass admissions issue?
TU´s Student´s Welfare and Sports Council did all it could. Electoral committees were formed at all colleges to monitor the irregularities. At the same time, the administration at affiliated colleges has all the power to scrap admissions that are done violating the norms.
Though the media reports claimed that campus chiefs and administrative officials were taken hostage till mid-night on the day of mass admissions, no such complaints have reached to us. So it is better to find a solution through dialogues rather than take any harsh actions against student unions.
Can university take tough decision like dissolving the FSU if the deadlock prolongs and threatens to disrupt the TU academic calendar which is already lagging behind?
I believe the deadlock would not last long. The special senate amended the TU regulations to conduct the election as per mixed system which was a major contention among 13 student unions for the last five years. Showing due respect to our effort, the students should settle all other issues.