Teachers' body defies SC verdict

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Going against the Supreme Court (SC) verdict, the fourth general convention of Tribhuvan University Teachers’ Association (TUTA) on Monday endorsed the agenda of seeking permanent status for lecturers serving on contract basis.

Despite the Feb 22, 2010 order of the apex court to annul the entire process of recruitment and tenure extension of lecturers and officials appointed on contract basis, TU has taken no concrete step for its implementation.

“Our meet has approved the agenda of seeking permanent status for teachers appointed on contract basis,” Siva Prasad Munakarmi, immediate past president of TUTA said. “It’s up to the government how to address the concern.”

On Aug 24, 2006, TU recruited 1,380 part-time and 460 course contract teachers as teaching assistants after the then Girija Prasad Koirala-led government signed an agreement with the protesting part-timers. The government had agreed to appoint all part time teachers with one-year experience of teaching in a TU constituent campus as teaching assistants.

On Feb 22, 2010, a division bench of Justices Bharat Raj Uprety and Bala Ram KC, responding to a writ filed by Saraswati Sharma, Namrata Sharma and Nanda Lal Mahato, issued the order in the name of TU and the government to scrap the appointment and term renewal on contract basis. The bench had directed the TU administration to fill vacancies through open competition. The verdict renders all contract basis TU lecturers jobless legally from the day it was issued. Though their contract has not been renewed for the past one year, the teachers are attending duties.

Flouting the court order, TU Executive Council permitted its constituent institution, Ilam Campus, to appoint lecturers on contract basis. The Kirtipur Central Campus recruitment of officials has sparked off conflict between Kirtipur residents and the university.

(Source: The Kathmandu Post)