VCs for debate on education bill

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Vice-Chancellors of various universities today called on Speaker Subash Chandra Nembang to draw the attention of the CA to various changes needed in the Higher Education Bill, tabled before Parliament on November 3.

Prof Kailash Nath Pyakurel, vice-chancellor at the Agriculture and Forestry University, said the bill was not appropriate for varsities. “We met Nembang to inform him about our concerns,” he said, adding, “The bill is meant to curb universities’ autonomy, so there needs to be further discussions in the academic circle.”

Dr Jay Raj Awasthi, vice-chancellor at the Far Western University, said that the Higher Education Bill was going to affect independence of universities. He said that a body like UGC needs an academic at the helm but the bill lowers the bar by allowing any one with a Masters degree and 15 years of teaching experience to lead the HEC.”

The VCs also requested CA members, through CA chairperson, to pay attention to drafting the new constitution. Prof Hira Maharjan, vice-chancellor at Tribhuvan University, Tri Ratna Manandhar, VC at Lumibini Bauddha University and Prof Padam Lal Devkota, vice-chancellor at Mid Western University, were also present at the meeting.

CA Chair Nembang assured the VCs that he will deliver their message to chief whips of major political parties to begin discussions.

(Source: The Himalayantimes)