Ratnagar (Chitwan), July 4: Various student unions today padlocked Agriculture and Forestry University at Rampur in the district to protest Tribhuvan University's preparations to give affiliations to private colleges.
The agitation means to protest the process already moved forward to grant affiliations to seven private colleges, instead of establishing constituent colleges to implement the government's decision in this regard, said President of All Nepal National Independent Students' Union (Revolutionary) at the University.
Office bearers of the TU have also been accused of appropriations in the process.
Preparations were underway to give affiliations to various private colleges (two in Nawalparasi and each in Parasi, Jhapa, Itahari, Saptari, Surkhet, Tikapur and Kathmandu), it has been said.
When asked, TU's Vice Chancellor Dr IP Dhakal said a public notice had been announced to this effect three years ago and they were forced to go to private colleges as the government would face burden, in terms of everything including finance, to look after TU constituent colleges alone.
The process was on to give affiliations to 23 private colleges across the country and seven constituent colleges would be established in all seven provinces, he said. RSS