​Dispute over the age limit of candidate to contest for FSU election of Tribhuvan University



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Tribhuvan University is not able to announce the dates of the Free Student Union election as students unions affiliated with different political parties has different views over the age limit to contest for the election of free student unions. Earlier, Tribhuvan University has amended its regulation to make it mandatory for a student to be below 35 years of age to be a candidate for Free Student Union (FSU).

Recently held meeting of student unions and TU officials failed to form consensus. Nepali Congress-affiliated Nepal Students Union (NSU), CPN-UML student-wing All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU) and UCPN (Maoist)-affiliated All Nepal National Independent Student Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R) were present in that meetings.

The NSU is against the provision and has urged TU officials to re-amend the regulation and allow all student leaders irrespective of their age to contest. The ANNISU-R is against NSU’s request, claiming that the amendment would delay the election.

“We cannot announce the date unless major parties come to a consensus,” said Sudha Tripathi, rector at TU. “TU is for planning to hold election before May 2.”