Identity cards for TU hostelers


Himalayan News Service

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Tribhuvan University (TU) is planning to provide its hostellers with Identity Documents (IDs). This is being done to make the TU hostels more systematic, said Dr Hira Bahadur Maharjan, principal at TU.The process will start immediately after Tihar, he said.

Earlier, students misused their ID cards as there was no monitoring of the ID card system, Dr Maharjan said.If the cards had been used properly, illegal occupancy of hostels would have been checked,he said. The forceful evacuations of eight TU hostels, four for men and four for women, where around 500 hostellers reside, lead to tussles between various student bodies and the campus administration every year. For the same reason, the lockout of the Principal's office since August 7 has still not been lifted.

Pranay Singh, president of Nepal Students Union TU Central Campus Committee, said that if TU tried to impose the ID card system without consultations with the student bodies, then the system was bound to fail.TU needs to discuss this issue with all student bodies before they implement any programme,Singh said.

The TU Central Campus is also planning to put up animal traps in the campus premises to stop cattle from grazing on TU ground.Cattle-grazing has declined but the practice has not stopped completely due to some stubborn locals,Dr Maharjan said. TU is also working to minimise the number of lockouts in the campus that take place for trivial reasons.Even though many agreements have been reached between the students and the campus in the past, they have not been put into practice yet,Dr Maharjan said.

Most lockouts are staged for political ends and are dependent on the political climate of the country,he said.Regular classes have been stopped for upto two months in the past because of these lockouts.NSU Singh said the lockouts were often staged to put pressure on the government to free the students detained during protests, to fight for the students rights and to solve internal conflicts.

Source: The Himalayan Times