TU’s Failure To Stick To Academic Calendar Leaves Students At Receiving End
TU’s failure to stick to academic calendar.
Rabi Kiran Khadka, a third-semester Master of Arts in English student at Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus, is frustrated with Tribhuvan University’s inability to adhere to its academic timetable.
Khadka claims that if the TU had followed its calendar, he would have finished his thesis by now. Khadka began the first semester in December 2019 and did not have the opportunity to sit for final exams until February 2021, more than two years after enrolling in the two-year programme.
The institution only recently revealed the results of the examinations, after a ten-month wait, despite the fact that it was obligated to do so within three months of the examinations.
This issue is not exclusive to the English Department; it affects nearly all of the university’s programs. It has also failed to adhere to its academic calendar of engineering and medical courses this time.
Previously, the university was known for holding timely examinations and releasing the results of the two technical courses.
Mukunda Adhikari and Bibek Dhakal used to be classmates. In 2016, Dhakal began his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the TU-affiliated Thapathali Engineering Campus, while Adhikari began his Mechanical Engineering degree at Kathmandu University (KU).
Adhikari has already worked for a year after graduation, according to Dhakal, because the KU performed the exams and published the results on schedule. Dhakal, on the other hand, only received his transcript this week. “I lost my valuable one year because of the TU’s incompetence,” Dhakal explained. “Who will make up for my loss?”
Similarly, even one year after the examinations, the TU has yet to publish the results of the Master’s second year of annual system, implying that it cannot conduct new examinations for the second year until they are published.
TU has also yet to hold LLB first-year examinations, despite the fact that the degree has been running for two years. These are just a few examples; in nearly all faculties, TU is unable to conduct examinations and publish results on schedule.
Many students endured social, mental, and even economic hardship as a result of the TU’s carelessness, according to Ashok Thapa, deputy general secretary of the All Nepal National Free Students’ Union, which is affiliated with the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Socialist).
As a result, the TU must be serious about following through on its commitment to establish the academic calendar.
Though the TU has been making excuses for COVID-19-related problems in order to avoid criticism, higher education stakeholders claim that it was a long-standing problem at the university that existed even before the pandemic.
They chastised TU for not adhering to the academic schedule, despite the fact that we live in the Information Age.
Students have been victimized for years, according to educationist Dr. Bidhya Nath Koirala, and the university’s image has been tainted by the TU’s refusal to decentralize responsibility. He accused the university of refusing to change its ways.
The TU administration, according to Koirala, had a habit of informing us that they were having difficulty managing tests and results because the institution has far more campuses and students around the country than any other university.
“However, if it shares responsibilities with the province level, all of these can be successfully managed.”
Dr. Kedar Bhakta Mathema, an educationist and former Vice Chancellor of the TU, remarked that the university’s mammoth structure had made it difficult to operate its program. “As a result, it would be in everyone’s best interests if we broke up the TU’s large campuses and founded more institutions.”
Despite struggling to adhere to the academic calendar to the letter, he was able to announce the months when specific topics and levels would be examined during his tenure.
He stated that if he was given the opportunity to lead the TU as vice chancellor for two more terms, he might be able to keep the calendar. Mathema claimed that they had given the varsity numerous suggestions for making its vast campuses autonomous, but that they had all fallen on deaf ears.
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