Month-long padlocking cripples Tribhuvan University

2014-04-05

Ekantipur

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A month-long padlocking of the Tribhuvan University central office by a professors’ union has crippled the varsity’s administration and restricted service seekers.

Returning from the main gate of the office has become the daily routine of over 300 staffers at the vice-chancellor’s, dean’s and other offices of the country’s largest and oldest university.

The Tribhuvan University central office that opened on November 8 after two months of padlock by professors’ unions remains locked for a month. The CPN-Maoist-aligned National Professors’ Association (NPA) that had been padlocking offices of the VC, registrar and rector since November 20 shifted its lock to the main gate saying that the Tribhuva University authorities took no step to address its demands. The Loktantrik Professors’ Union has expressed solidarity with the agitation aimed at building pressure to address their 10-point charter of demands including the representation of professors’ unions in decision-making.

The Association has accused the Tribhuvan University authority of listening only to the unions close to the three major political parties. The NPA has also demanded proportional representation in all TU mechanisms, threatening sterner protests if their demands remained unaddressed. According to VC Hira Bahadur Maharjan, there have been two rounds of discussion with the protesters and the talks were likely to be productive.

He expressed hope that the problem will be sorted out through dialogue soon. There have been problems in releasing salary, announcing new vacancies and awarding appointment letters to those promoted recently.