Education Minister Tuladhar defends VC appointments amid protests

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Amid protest over the appointment of the vice chancellors (VCs) of seven universities, Minister for Education Ganga Lal Tuladhar vowed not to withdraw the decision on Tuesday.

On Monday, government had appointed VCs in seven universities.

Speaking at an interaction programme in Kathmandu, Minister Tuladhar slammed the ongoing protests and padlocking in the universities and claimed that it was just a protest for protest’s sake.

“I will not backtrack from the decision and instead I’m ready to quit from the post,” he said.

Dismissing the charges of allotment among the parties on the appointments, he made it clear that the seven VCs were appointed in the different universities out of 21 probable candidates as per the recommendation of the panel formed to choose the VCs.

However, he acknowledged that the appointments were made with the consent of the ruling and opposition parties.

“I do not claim that there were no political personalities in the appointments,” he said, “By appointing the VCs, I merely tried to solve the crisis in the education sector due to the absence of the VCs”.

In the programme various speakers related to the education sector including representatives of the professors’ bodies had criticised the appointments.

(Source: The Himalayantimes)