Maheshwor Man Shrestha retires as PU vice chancellor


Binod Ghimire

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Purbanchal University Vice Chancellor Maheshwor Man Shrestha retired on Friday after holding the office for four years, a period marked by corruption scandal, student protest, internal power struggle and litigation for him.

Shrestha did not receive any official farewell from his colleagues.

Besides shifting its office to its own building at Pushpalal Chowk, the university has nothing to show that could be called an achievement during Shrestha’s tenure.

Shrestha relationship with the university’s registrar, Niroj Pandey, had reached to the point that they were no longer speaking to each other. Both Shrestha and Pandey along with several other university officials were indicted on corruption charges by the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority

(CIAA) in the past. Shrestha was reinstated as the university vice chancellor after court gave him a clean chit in April this year.

Shrestha’s four-year tenure was tainted by corruption scandal in the first year, protracted student protest in the second and conflict with Pandey and litigation in the third and the fourth year. Employees and professors at the university were divided into different factions during his tenure.

A university source said neither educational calendar was formulated nor the workforce was developed during this period.

“He looted the PU in the past four years,” he said.

Acting VC Sambhu Koirala said that Shrestha became the most controversial figure in the history of PU.

Shrestha was nominated to the VC job from the UCPN (Maoist) quota.