Thursday, February 3, 2011

Students differ on FSU election system

KATHMANDU: Consensus on the Free Student Union (FSU) election system eluded the student unions at Tribhuvan University with the unions today sticking to their respective stances.

Speaking at an interaction organised by Nepal Indigenous Nationalities Students’ Federation to sort out differences on the election system, the student unions did not budge from their respective positions.

Out of thirteen student unions, eleven unions advocated the proportionate election system; while two others, namely Nepal Students Union (NSU) and All Nepal National Free Students Union-Sixth preferred the direct election system

Nain Singh Mahar, vice president of NSU, student wing of Nepali Congress today said, “Since only the direct election system can ensure the individual rights of students, we are not going to ditch the system.” He alleged that TU was not paying attention to student unions and the FSU election.

“TU had once conducted a meeting of 13 student unions to finalise the date of election and the election system but failed to reach a conclusion,” he said adding, “Later, it did not taken any initiative to create an environment to forge consensus among student unions,” he said.

He warned that if the situation remained like this, it would be impossible to hold election by April end. Earlier, the 13 unions had decided to urge the university to improve the academic calendar to hold the FSU election in time. source: THT