The newly appointed vice-chancellor of the Pokhara University (PU) Dr. Bishnu Raj Tiwari has come under fire for his “unilateral decision” to fill some vacant posts.
The professors’ associations affiliated with CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist) and CPN-Maoist has accused that Vice-chancellor Bishnu Raj Tiwari made appointments in various departments of the university on his own, going against the university’s regulations. The disgruntled professors have taken exception to the appointments, claiming that all of the newly appointed office bearers are affiliated to the Nepali Congress. They have demanded a prompt rectification in the nomination.
“While our failure to abide by the policies and regulation in the past has brought the University to its sorry state, the recent appointments have made matters worse,” read a press statement that was jointly issued by the associations. They have warned of taking “severe measures” if their demand is not fulfilled.
Tiwari was appointed the PU vice-chancellor at the recommendation of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. The position of vice-chancellor and several other office bearers at the university were lying vacant after the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority suspended them on charge of misappropriating university funds.
According to PU regulations, a vice-chancellor can be appointed for a maximum of three months at the recommendation of prime minister and education minister. The vice-chancellor is authorised to appoint other officials on the basis of seniority for three months to fill the vacant posts.
Tiwari has rebuffed the allegation against him. He has claimed that the appointments were made on the basis of seniority and claimed that he has always been against political distribution of the posts.