Prof Chiranjibi Sharma has been appointed as the Tribhuvan University examination controller. The acting controller was taking the helm after Daya Man Karmacharya got compulsory retirement from the Office of the Controller of Examination in mid-November.
TU Vice-chancellor Hira Bahadur Maharjan “unilaterally” appointed Sharma in the post after unions close to various political parties failed to name a unanimous candidate. Maharjan has been accused of picking Sharma as the latter is also close to the CPN-UML.
The new controller will have to automatically quit the job if his name is not approved by the university executive council in three months. The TU Act 1992 says the VC shall appoint the examination controller under the recommendation of the registrar and the appointment shall be approved by the council.
Maharjan had made no consultations with Rector Guna Nidhi Neupane and Registrar Chandra Mani Poudel prior to Sharma’s appointment.
“I lead the Examination Board and my consultation is necessary before appointing the controller. But I am totally unaware about the appointment,” said Poudel. However, Maharjan claimed that he used his special rights to fulfill the immediate need of the controller in order to conduct the examination of Bachelor’s Third Year. “I had no other option as the unions failed to recommend a candidate even in three months. Sharma can be replaced by a unanimous candidate,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Professors’ Association (DPA), close to the Nepali Congress, has submitted a memorandum to the VC demanding he withdraw the decision immediately. The association has been claiming the post, saying that ‘it comes under its quota’.
“The VC has been frequently violating the norms of consensus. He will have to face protests if the decision is not withdrawn in a couple of days,” said DPA Chairperson Basu Ghimire.
Maharjan was appointed under UML’s quotas, while Neupane and Poudel are considered close to Congress and the CPN (Maoist), respectively.
Earlier, the CPN-Maoist-aligned National Professors’ Association had padlocked the TU central office claiming the post.