Academics laud adoption of meritocracy in appointment of university officials

KATHMANDU, APRIL 15: University professors and academics have expressed happiness over the adoption of meritocracy regarding the appointment of vice-chancellor, rector and registrar at Tribhuvan University. At a meeting with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at Baluwatar this morning, the professors and academics collectively extended gratefulness to the PM for the adoption of meritocracy.

The appointment of university officials through open competition has imparted a positive message in enhancing the image of academia, they said. On the occasion, PM Dahal said he was serious about reforming the university and education sector and the concept of meritocracy would be adopted more firmly in the rest of the areas.

“There is no alternative to a meritocracy for university reforms. It has imparted a far and wide message in the academic field.” Prime Minister Dahal stressed the need for healthy competition in all sectors to lay a new foundation for good governance, development and prosperity in the country. “Everyone has the freedom to join the party. But now let’s not look at the party. Those who are competent and honest with integrity should be provided opportunities on merit. This will only create a new situation in the country.” the PM noted.

Noted academician Kedar Bhakta Mathema, on behalf of the academics, said that the appointment of office-bearers through open competition in the university was itself important due to PM Dahal’s stance. This is a good example in itself and this initiates a new legacy, he said, adding “We believe that this will greatly improve the quality of higher education and bring positive results.” A group of academics comprising Dr Gaurishanker Lal Das, Dr Govinda Pokharel, Dr Sanduk Ruit, Dr Arjun Karki, Dr JP Agrawal, Dr Nareshman Bajracharya and Dr Aseem Dhakal reached PM’s official residence to thank PM Dahal for the initiative.