Free Student Union poll elusive as student unions fail to settle mass admission issue

2014-04-05

Nirjana Sharma

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Only 10 days remain for the Free Student Union (FSU) polls, yet the student unions affiliated to various political parties themselves doubt that the polls would be held on June 6, the scheduled date.

The uncertainty arises from the dispute surrounding mass admissions in the Tribhuvan University (TU) constituent colleges that took place on May 16 and 17. 

The student leaders point fingers at each other for the current dilemma. Nepal Student Union (NSU) coordinator Ranjeet Karna claimed that the All Nepal National Independent Union-Revolutionary (ANNISU-R), affiliated to both the UCPN (Maoist) and the Baidya faction, have been trying to disrupt the election strategically.

“It is the dispute between these two groups who have the mindset to disturb the election environment as they fear losing,” claimed Karna. 
The unions have been blaming each other for the mass admissions which were done to influence the election results. The college authorities had initially said that the cadres affiliated to different unions admitted around 3000 students in seven colleges spending more than Rs 12 million.

Madhav Dhungel, president of the CPN-UML aligned All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU), said that his organization was ready to appeal to the respective colleges to cancel all the admissions done after April 6, the day when the TU executive committee had announced fresh poll date for June 6.

He demanded an investigation into the source of the money the ANNISU-R spent for mass admissions. 
The ANNISU-R was has rejected the accusation that it enrolled hundreds of union cadres in the campuses by paying millions of rupees within two days.

Earlier, ANNISU-R, NSU and ANNFSU had forcefully admitted students in droves, taking campus chiefs and administration officials hostage till mid night. 

Meanwhile, the ANNISU-R President Himal Sharma said that the student unions do not have rights to scrap the admissions. 
“Let the university decide whether the admission are fake or genuine, we have no rights to spoil the future of genuine students who got admitted on the last date,” he added. 

Source: Republica National Daily