TU exam hall plan to come to fruition

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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The Tribhuvan University (TU) is likely to begin the construction of a mega hall as a separate place to conduct examinations.

TU officials say the lack of separate rooms for examination purpose is a major reason why its constituent colleges are unable to run the prescribed number of classes. In the present arrangement, all the classes in a campus have to be shut to run any examination. The university requires its campuses to hold a minimum of 150 classes per subject each academic session.

“We have sought a development budget of Rs 760 million from the University Grants Commission (UGC),” said Prahlad Raj Panta, chief of the planning department at TU. “We plan to allocate Rs 6 million for the hall.”

Though the work was to begin last year, the UGC then granted only a Rs 1.25 million development budget, not enough even to start the work, according to Panta. Recently, an engineering consultancy has been commissioned to design the hall.

The government had agreed last year to make necessary funds available for the construction of a structure large enough to accommodate 3,000 students. According to TU Registrar Bhim Raj Adhikari, the agreement was, to begin with, for such a building on the TU premises in Kirtipur while additional halls would be built elsewhere in the Capital as well as outside it.

“It will be easier to administer examinations to a few thousand students in one building,” Adhikari added.

(Source: The Kathmandu Post)