TU Research Centers in disordered state

2017-07-23

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All the four research centers of TU are in disordered state and have become out of work. The centers have been in such useless state because of the conversion to“recruitment center” by the political parties and insufficient budget provided by the Government. Following four research centers are currently working under TU.

Centre for Economic Development and Administration (CEDA)

Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS)

Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST)

Research Centre for Educational Innovation and Development (CERID)

The Executive Director of CNAS states that the salary provided by the government is just not enough for carrying out researches other than earning livelihood. He said “ it is wrong to think of the centers as INGO since the research centers influence the policy making of the nation through its investigative research” . He added “Comprehensive research which is done for the nation should be funded enough by the Government itself.” He complained that the professors and leaders after being in the top have forgotten the needs of research in the country.

Established in 1969, for the social, economical, political and humanitarian development in the country, currently, 4 lecturers, 14 full-time investigators and 21 officials are employed in CNAS. The primary objective of this is to carry out comparative research between Nepal and other countries of Asia. All together 62 researchers and 164 employees are working for the different natures of research in four centers of TU.

Executive Director of CEDA explains that since the research centers are not profit-oriented organization Government must provide regular sufficient budget for the proper functioning. He also expressed his dissatisfaction with the low grade treatment of Government to the professors saying that this would not be good for Nepal’s reputation in the international level. CEDA currently has 20 employees including 6 investigators.

CERID aims to change the policies of the education in country by the insightful study. Executive Director Professor Jibnath Dhital tells about being unaware about the pre-investigation of the Semester system applied in the Master’s level and Grade system in Secondary Education Examination. CERID was established in 1975 and has been working under TU since 1979. There are currently 52 employees including 25 investigators under CERID.

Dhital adds” TU doesn’t provide research budget besides the regular salary to the teacher officials. The centers could procure some work from outside but again these works are undertaken by the NGOs. The employees of the center themselves are involved in them.” He further explains” There is legal hindrance for collecting the fund from outside sources as we need tax, VAT clearance and PAN registration but we don’t have it and we can’t compete for the BID announced by UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID and other different sources.

RECAST executive director Rameshwar Adhikari tells “ The problem has arisen due to the political obstruction after 2046. We have been working hard to do something and hope the Government heeds to it.”

Vice- Chancellor Tirtharaj Khaniya states that although the management of manpower is TU’s responsibility, the investigators and post-holders themselves. He further adds “The researchers should create opportunities for the centers by presenting the research proposals as per their needs and subjects.”

The lecturers of TU have been complaining that the research centers have become the place for piling up old and unqualified personnels. One of the lecturers said “ The researchers of TU have been working by opening their private NGOs.”

A lecturer says” University doesn’t provide budget and to work outside transparency of tax, VAT and PAN is required.” Few days back, in the anniversary function of CNAS, the chief guest invited was General Secretary of Nepali Congress, Dr. Sashank Koirala. Few professors and lecturers had criticized this action of TU saying the chief guest should have been a research personnel rather than a political figure.

A lecturer said “ Inviting a political figure instead of an academic scholar indicates in which party's share-division does the research center fall into.”

Source: Kantipur (23rd July, 2017)