Race for new KU VC begins

File: Kathmandu University KU
File: Kathmandu University

Kathmandu, January 6

The government has called applications for the post of vice-chancellor of the Kathmandu University.

The government has formed a three-member team headed by Education Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha, who is also the ex-officio pro-chancellor of the university. The university’s founding vice-chancellor Suresh Raj Sharma and Board of Trustees chairman Daman Nath Dhungana are other members of the team.

The incumbent vice-chancellor Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha’s term is ending in the third week of this month. Before his term ends, the government has called qualified persons interested to lead the university to submit their applications to the committee by January 11.

Then, the three-member team will shortlist the applicants and forward the list to the cabinet for the final decision. The prime minister, as the ex-officio chancellor of the university, appoints the vice-chancellor.

It has been learned that Makaju Shrestha is making efforts for the third consecutive term. However, some groups of professors and staff in the university are against him, accusing him of irregularities while granting affiliations to medical colleges and signing a controversial deal with a foreign agency.

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