Tribhuvan University (TU) celebrated 55th Anniversary



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Tribhuvan University (TU), the oldest university of Nepal, marked its 55th anniversary amid a function at its own premise on  Kirtipur Kathmandu.

In the absence of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Chancellor of Tribhuvan University,  who is in USA for his medical treatment,  Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam addressed the function.

He said the government is going to bring an umbrella act for universities to ensure proper management of educational institutions.

He said the government is going to draft and implements the higher education policy for management of higher education system. Stressing the need of technical education, he said the universities should focus on technical education to reduce unemployment in the country

"Lack of coordination between the authorities has hindered the progress of educational system, which needs to be addressed through a single umbrella act," Gautam stated.   He encouraged TU officials to take initiative to strengthen the relations between TU and other newly formed universities such as  Far Western University , Mid-Western University  and Agriculture and Forestry University .

Education minister Chitralekha Yadav, who is the co-chancellor of TU, said the university which had been taking the responsibility of 90 per cent of the country’s students, should be providing education to meet the needs of the 21st century. She said that all the concerned should pay attention towards improving the quality of education in TU to make it the first choice of students and guardians.

While the university´s top level officials are often criticized for their failure to improve the quality of education in its affiliate colleges, TU this week had organized a discussion among students, teachers, educationists and other stakeholder to solicit their opinions.

The TU vice chancellor, registrar and rectors were among others to speak about the problems facing university on the last day of weeklong anniversary celebrations.

Prof Dr Hira Bahadur Maharjan, Vice Chancellor, TU, urged the government to clear the misunderstandings and problems between TU and newly established universities.  He informed that lately TU had launched 31 new subjects.

Prof Guna Nidhi Neupane, rector, said TU is planning to allow campuses to conduct annual examination themselves in the next three years.   TU is planning to give this autonomy to campuses for academic excellence, He added.

He informed that semester system would be implemented in all campuses under TU within three years. TU has already implemented semester system in campuses on the premises of TU and in the central departments from last year.

Management faculty Dean Pushkar Bajracharya had also presented a working paper at the function.

For the betterment of the teachers and staffs after retirement, the Faculty of Humanities on Thursday had donated Rs 10.4 million to the TU Registrar Chandra Mani Poudel.  

Beginning the weeklong celebrations on June 30, TU also organized a tree plantation program near the principal´s office of the TU central campus and the central office. Likewise, students and university staffers also expressed determination to make TU premise free of plastic.

Giving continuity to the tree plantation program, the TU staffers also planted an additional 300 trees of medicinal value such as amala, harro and barro on the university premise on July 2.

Amid the function, 219 university teachers and staffers were felicitated for their contribution to the university.