Varsities lack funds to register land


Himalayan News Service

KATHMANDU: New universities, including the Far-Western University (FWU) and the Mid-Western University (MWU), have been unable to register donated land in their name due to the lack of funds.

The FWU has yet to register 43 bighas — 16 bighas registered earlier in the name of Siddhanath Multiple Campus and 27 bighas in the name of Siddhanath Science Campus — though the two erstwhile Tribhuvan University affiliates have already come under its purview. The MWU comprising the Birendra Multiple Campus, Education Campus and the Public Science Campus has yet to register 12 bighas of land that it got from the Surkhet City Development Committee.

Jay Raj Awasthi, FWU vice-chancellor, said registering the land will cost millions. “Unlike TU and Nepal Sanskrit University acts, the FWU Act has not waived the land registration charge to the Far-Western University. “For want of funds, we have not been able to register the land in the university’s name.” He said the university is holding talks on the issue with the TU.

Prof Padam Lal Devkota, MWU vice-chancellor, said though people want to donate land to the university, the university is in no position to accept the donation due to flaws in the university act. Devkota said MWU needs Rs 10 million to register the land in its name.

(Source: The Himalayantimes)