Why Was The University Bill Brought After Leaving Education Bill?

Jan 31, Kathmandu:  After the government submitted the education bill to the parliament to regulate Nepal University, doubts have been raised about the government's intentions.

The Government had postponed the Education Bill which had reached the Council of Ministers a month ago and submitted the Nepal University Bill to the Parliament. This bill, which has been tabled in the National Assembly, is currently being discussed in the legislative committee.

Parliamentarians have expressed doubt that the government has to bring an umbrella law and policy related to the education necessary for the restructuring of the education sector according to the federal structure. Instead of maintaining the academic quality of the existing university and making it systematic, even the MPs of the ruling party have not taken positively the central government's allocation of permission to the university against the federal spirit.

The coordinator of the Federalism Implementation Study and Monitoring Parliamentary Special Committee  Khimlal Devkota commented that the government brought the bill with the intention of passing it without fail. He said that going to federalism meant restructuring the entire structure of the state, so education should also be restructured accordingly.

He opined that new structures should be allowed on the basis of needs by creating an umbrella law and policy related to education according to the federal structure. He argued that a decision should be made based on the findings of the current university situation only after analyzing it.

I believe that the government has the intention of bringing a bill, submitting it to parliament, asking some MPs, saying that this is our party's opinion on the bill, telling you to shut up, and sending it to the committee. There is no attraction towards the new university. But the opening is deserted. According to some, non-governmental words have also been seen in this university bill. I have also heard rumors that some of them will bring in external funds.

What is the point of running media, TV, and newspapers here after looking for external funds? This is wrong, it should not be done, he said, 'MPs should also play their role effectively. If the government has brought it, there is no veto in the bill. MPs should discuss the bill properly. I also feel that I should question the role of MPs. '

Chairman of the Delegated Management and Government Assurance Committee, Maya Prasad Sharma, said that while the Education Act of 1972 AD is going on, the main priority should be given to making the Education Act. In a conversation with News Agency Nepal, he emphasized that Mouzdat University itself should be made effective.

Chairman Sharma, who is also the head of the education and human resource department of the CPN Maoist Center, argued that according to the federal structure, the province should have the right to run the university as per the need.

We are running according to the Education Act of 1972 AD. Some points are from 2013. At that time, the state structure also changed a lot. There should be more emphasis on making education law. In terms of universities, we have achieved federalism. "Education should also be in accordance with the implementation of federalism," he said.

But at present, it would be appropriate to implement the existing universities and make them effective." After it has been developed, it is better to raise the issue of what are our problems and how to address them. There are 11 universities according to our provinces, they should be made the most effective.

Chairman of the Sustainable Development and Good Governance Committee Prakash Panth said that contrary to consensus, the government has introduced a bill related to 'Futta' University. He took the coming of the university bill as a surprise, mentioning that when the education-related bill was discussed earlier, it was agreed to bring an umbrella law related to education and not to bring any education-related bill before that.

After introducing a bill to allow the opening of universities without introducing the Education Act as per the federal structure, the parliamentarians of the ruling party criticized it. The parliamentarians have also expressed doubts about the term "non-governmental" and "public" mentioned in the preamble of the bill.

They have argued that the government should take responsibility for education and health by allowing non-governmental organizations to create a suitable environment for foreign intervention in the name of education. The bill is currently under discussion in the legislative committee.