Clarification on TU teachers’ involvement in politics

Kathmandu, May 24: As the complaints came that teachers of Tribhuvan University are involved in party politics, the Election Commission has sought clarification from the TU administration.

According to the complaint, Yubraj Poudel, coordinator of the Nepal Samajabadi Morcha, is an associate professor at the Central Department of Management. Jagat Timilsina, Rajendra Gautam and Krishna Kant Parajuli, who are associate professors, are leaders of the Nepali Congress-affiliated Democratic Professors Association. Parajuli is a Congress Mahasamiti member and general convention representative. Uma Shankar Prasad, an associate professor at the University, is a central committee member of the Janata Samajbadi Party.

The Political Parties Act, 2017 bars in-service teachers, professors or other government employees from actively participating in politics. Involvement in party politics is a misuse of authority. The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority can take action on the matter.

Not just the University teachers, school teachers too have been found to be involved in politics. However, a significant number of general convention representatives of the Congress and the CPN-UML were school teachers before.

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