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As the second term of Kathmandu University Vice-chancellor Ram Kantha Makaju nears an end, calls are growing for a transparent appointment process while finding his replacement. Makaju, who was first selected as the KU vice-chancellor in 2012, was reappointed in January 2017 Makaju, who is credited for developing the Dhulikhel hospital as one of the […]
As the second term of Kathmandu University Vice-chancellor Ram Kantha Makaju nears an end, calls are growing for a transparent appointment process while finding his replacement.
Makaju, who was first selected as the KU vice-chancellor in 2012, was reappointed in January 2017
Makaju, who is credited for developing the Dhulikhel hospital as one of the very best community healthcare facilities in the nation, was captured in a controversy since his appointment.
At the time of his consultation in 2012, there were allegations that he got the position on the condition that Morang’s Birat Medical College and Rupandehi’s Devdaha Medical College be approved university association. They were eventually enabled to perform MBBS courses as an extended program.
Speaking To the Post in December 2014, he had stated that the two colleges would operate totally under the KU. Trainees would send their charges at university, which will straight oversee the consultation of professor. However, except for paying the first charge instalment at the university, both medical colleges are now operating as independent entities.
Makaju had likewise riled numerous professor during his eight-year term. Following his arrival at the university, a variety of prominent professors at the university either quit, saying they were not enabled to function independently, or their terms were not extended.
Bhola Thapa, previous registrar who worked to establish the engineering department, quit in August 2018, arguing that Makaju had monopolised every choice– from financial resources to faculty consultations.
Constitutional expert Bipin Adhikari, who was instrumental in establishing the University’s School of Law, likewise resigned in March 2019, giving similar reasons.
” I anticipate the university gets a deserving vice-chancellor, one who is designated transparently evaluating his/her capacity to lead the university,” Adhikari told the Post.
Under Makaju’s leadership, the regard to educationist Guy Prasad Wagle was not extended as dean of the School of Education, neither was of Janaradan Lamichhane, biotechnology department chief, or Tanka Nath Sharma, dean of the School of Education.
Makaju remained a controversial figure throughout his 2 terms. With his second term finishing on January 20, 2021, the KU teachers are demanding for a reasonable consultation process.
” I think two terms– 8 years– are enough for an individual to carry out his/her strategies,” Bhadra Man Tuladhar, a founding professor and a previous registrar at the university, told the Post. “When someone searches for the third term it is a clear depiction of his stubbornness or greed for the position.”
Tuladhar stated the university requires a skilled leadership to drive a university in the right direction. There’s growing perception that Kathmandu University hasn’t had the ability to perform much better after the starting vice-chancellor selected to retire in 2012.
” It appears that @KUnepal lost some momentum in terms of scholastic growth, excellence and image after the retirement of founding VC Prof Suresh Raj Sharma. Hope next KU VC would have the ability to regain the lost momentum and splendor of this premier institute of higher knowing. Best desires!” Surya Raj Acharya, former spokesperson of Sajha Celebration and likewise a going to faculty at the Institute of Engineering in Tribhuvan University, composed on Twitter.
The agents of the teachers at the Kathmandu University say they want a replacement of Makaju under whom the university has failed miserably.
Bibhuti Rajan Jha, previous chairperson of the Kathmandu University Professors Association, said they have been raising a voice for a qualified leadership.
” The university has actually just destroyed under the present management. It requires a modification,” he told the Post. “We want the prompt formation of the search committee. We need a vice-chancellor, who can construct the university as the centre of quality and deal with the issues of the instructors and trainees.”
In an interview with the Post in January, Makaju had actually rubbished all the accusations versus him and said the university has progressed under his management. Asked whether he would want the next term he hadn’t given a clear response.
Even the students are obviously not pleased with Makaju’s leadership.
Students from various professors have been staging a relay hunger strike from Sunday versus the university administration’s choice to charge costs under the headings of after-school activities, field check outs, computer system and internet throughout the time of pandemic.