Agriculture and Forestry University halts student admissions in private colleges



Chitwan, Nov 28 (RSS): The Agriculture and Forestry University has halted student admission in private colleges following the protests by professors and students.  

The University had written to the Office of the Dean to stop the student admission process in al the private colleges affiliated to it.  

Dean of the University’s Institute of Agriculture, Jaya Prakash Dutta, said that a meeting of the Admission Committee on Tuesday took a decision to this effect on the instructions of the university authorities.  It is stated that the student admission in private colleges affiliated to the university under the Institute of Forestry would also be halted.  According to the Dean, however, students applying for admission to the B Sc Agriculture and Forestry programmes at the University’s campus at Rampur and other constituent colleges can sit for the entrance exams.  

The Supreme Court has fixed January 10, 2019 as the date for hearing into the case related to whether or not the university could provide affiliation to private colleges. The apex court’s verdict on this case would decide the fate of the admission process at the private colleges, the University has stated.  

The students and professors had protested after the University granted affiliations to eight private colleges. A meeting of the Council of Ministers had decided to cancel the affiliation under pressure of the vehement protest by students and professors alike.  

The private colleges getting the affiliation from the university had moved the Supreme Court following the government’s injunction. The Supreme Court had issued stay order not to implement the government directive and the University had interpreted this as paving the way for it to go ahead with the student admission process at the private colleges.  

Although the students have filed a writ challenging the university’s decision of providing affiliation to the private colleges, the Supreme Court has ruled that it need not issue stay order in response to this writ.  But the University chose to stop the admission process at the private colleges and wait for the Supreme Court decision until January 10.