Tribhuvan University (TU), the country’s oldest and largest university has started taking action against professors who have for long been out of contact with the university in the name of studies abroad.
As per the TU act, any professor can apply for studies abroad for five years after getting permanent status in the university. According to Prof Surya Lal Amatya, Rector, TU, out of 7,000 permanent professors, around 425 have been staying in foreign countries, especially in the US and European countries for studies.
Prof Amatya said they have currently enlisted the names of 53 such professors from various faculties for action for not staying in contact with TU for more than five years. He said, “After becoming permanent, any professor can apply for studies abroad and get three to five years to paid study leave.” He stated that in the last few years, many professors were found to be misusing facilities.
“Out of 53 professors listed for action, 29 are law professors, 15 Agriculture professors, five engineering professors, two education and forest science professors each,” he added.
Rameshwor Upadhaya, general secretary of Nepal University Teachers’ Association said that it was a good initiative of TU to establish the precedent by punishing those who defy university rules and regulations. He said, “Due to lack of opportunities in the country, many professors had not returned after completion of studies,” adding, “Therefore the nation should also have programmes to attract such learned academicians and professors in the country.”
He suggested that TU strongly enforce the existing act and regulation, but he also urged the government to provide SAARC level salary to professors to retain them in the country. Narayan Khanal, legal adviser, TU, informed that according to TU act, if any professor remains absent for 90 days, he/she is liable for official action. He said, “Due to political protection, action was not taken against many such professors in the past and therefore the trend had increased.” He said the jobs of professors listed for action, would soon be terminated.
(Source: The HImalayantimes)