New varsities seek more funds from govt


Himalayan News Service

Purbanchal University (PU) officials today urged the government to allocate more budget to new universities and enable them to improve the quality of education. 

Speaking at an interaction, Prof Maheshwor Man Shrestha, PU vice-chancellor, said new universities are unable to provide quality education to the students due to lack of funds required to develop infrastructure.

Frequent changes in university leadership have also hampered efforts to upgrade the performance of the educational sector, Shrestha observed. 

He said, “Tribhuvan University, the country’s oldest and the largest varsity, gets around 90 per cent of its total budget from the government, while Purbanchal and Pokhara universities, among others, get nominal budget. Therefore, it is useless to compare the TU and other universities in terms of physical infrastructure and quality of education.”

He urged the students to question the government’s decision to establish foreign university-affiliated colleges at a time when the country’s own universities are in dire straits.

Shrestha informed that the new universities will introduce an improvised education policy next year, urging the government to increase funding. He said they will grant scholarship in all streams. Currently, these universities are providing freeship in medical science and engineering education only.

The improvement of the PU is impossible without reviewing education policies, Himal Sharma, president of the UCPN-Maoist-aligned All Nepal National Independent Students’ Union-Revolutionary, the programme organiser, said. 

Sharma threatened to launch a series of protests if university officials fail to improve the quality of education, conduct exams and publish results on time. 

Sanu Tuladhar, Model Campus principal, urged all stakeholders to join hands to improve the academic calendar and follow it thoroughly.

Officials of PU-affiliated campuses also stressed the need to improve the academic calendar and implement it in full.

(Source: The Himalayantimes)