Far Western University officials resign en-masse

2014-04-05

Republica National Daily

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Citing lack of security and working environment, officials, including vice-chancellor, of the Far Western University on Tuesday resigned en-masse.
 
Vice chancellor Jayraj Awasthi, spokesperson and registrar Dr Hemraj Pant, exam controller Kumar Thapa and deans of the University Bharati Joshi, Nardutta Awasthi, Tekraj Pant and Bhawani Chand Thakuri have put in their papers. 
 
Issuing a statement, the team has sent their resignation letters to the prime minister. 
“There is simply no working environment here. The situation has always been the same,” said Awasthi. “Students have been threatening to finish us off,” he added. 
According to Awasthi, student unions have not allowed the university administration to function smoothly. “It is simply impossible to work under constant pressure from the unions,” he said. 
 
Other officials echoed Awasthi. Awasthi further said that the university has become a ground for political parties to groom cadres. “I do not think that students here can boast of any achievement other than their political affiliations.”
 
The officials are tired of the excesses of the unions. Awasthi, who has lectured in universities as a visiting professor in 40 countries, said the activities of unions have made him feel sorry for the students. 
 
A week ago, student wings of CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-Maoist had staged protest demanding admission for students on their recommendation. They had accused the university administration of discriminating against students. The three student wings had even padlocked the university over the issue. The student unions had also demanded resignation of the chief of Siddhinath Multiple College Dr Mukunda Kalauni. However, Nepal Student Union had been requesting the university to conduct regular classes. The students on Tuesday even picketed Awasthi´s residence. 
 
Former central committee member of Nepal Student Union Bishnu Datta Joshi said that the resignation of university officials is not a solution to the problem. “We have to resolve the issue through talks,” he said.
 
Source: Republica National daily