Monday, January 24, 2011

TU to regularise calendar by 2014

Tribhuvan University (TU), the oldest university in Nepal is planning to regularise its academic calendar by the year 2014.Irregularities in the TU academic calendar affect thousands of students across the country every year. As a result, a one-year course takes two years to complete, while sometimes students are not taught the full credit hours.

Ramesh Joshi, deputy controller, Office of the Controller of Examinations, TU, said the university is preparing a master plan to regularise its academic calendar within two years.

According to OCE, the academic calendar became irregular after 2006 when students were preparing for the 11-day-long Jana Andolan-II to dissolve monarchy and bring democracy in the country.

Joshi said, “We could not run classes, distribute forms or conduct exams at that time due to students’ protests.”

He said, “We will regularise engineering and other technical subjects under TU by June this year,” adding, “We will also try to maintain the academic calendar of all other subjects by 2013.”

Currently, TU completes the annual course first and distributes forms for the annual exam. Students are given one-month to fill the form. OCE then publishes the exam notice.

“But now we will complete the course and take exam within nine months after the academic session and publish results in the next three months,” he added.

He said, “We conducted Intermediate second year exam on June 7, 2009, but we will conduct the exam by mid May this year to regularise the calendar.”

He also stated that TU would adopt the latest technology to enhance and speed up services.

TU is preparing to decentralise the examination and result distribution to maintain the calendar and to provide easy access to students.

TU has its regional offices in four districts, namely, Biratnagar, Pokhara, Nepalgunj and Mahendranagar.

He said, “We are preparing to distribute the transcript and mark-sheet from our regional offices.”

source: The Himalayan  Times