CHITWAN, APR 03 -
Even two years after the government elevated Rampur-based Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences to a university, ownership of the institute, formerly under the Tribhuvan University, is still with TU.
As the country’s oldest university is yet to hand over its ownership, administrative and development work of the Agriculture and Forest University (AFU) has been greatly affected. The new univeristy was established merging Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Rampur Agriculture Campus and Hetauda-based Institute of Forestry.
The vice chancellor and registar of AFU were appointed and a committee led by Ganesh Gurung, chairman of the University Grants Commission, was formed long ago to facilitate ownership handover.
However, TU hasn’t stepped up substantive efforts to this effect. Registar Suryakanta Ghimire said AFU’s repeated attempts to press the TU VC were in vain. He said continued absence of the VC in committee meetings has been hampering the handover process.
The education minister had also issued a five-point directive, but its implementation is nowhere to be found so far. “The ownership delay has affected our work,” said Ghimire. “TU’s apathy to complete the handover process is likely to invite a conflict,” Sharma said.