CHITWAN, DEC 12 - Shyam Sundar Panta, new chief of Rampur Agriculture Campus, passes his time grazing cattle reared by the campus for research.
He is free of duty with the campus shut for the past three days due to its padlocking by the Nepali Congress-aligned Nepal Democratic Teachers' Association.
The association imposed an indefinite shutdown to protest the sacking of a contracted lecturer close to it.
The campus has remained closed for over a month in the past five months due to protests by various student unions and lecturers and employees of the campus, affecting classes.
Earlier, a dispute between student unions of the UCPN (Maoist) and the CPN-UML led to the shutdown of the campus for a month. The agitation affected student enrolment.
Disputes between student unions mostly occur during new enrolment, annual anniversary of the campus and welcome programmes for new students.
"I have not worked to the fullest since my appointment as the campus chief. It is difficult to ensure quality education if such a situation persists," he said.
Panta said that the rising number of student unions aligned to various political parties was encouraging the banda culture.
He said that political unity is essential to discourage protests in the campus.
"The state-owned campus gets closed due to differences of student unions. So fair politics is necessary," said Sushil Neupane, chairman of the Maoist-affiliated All Nepal National Independent Students' Union (Revolutionary).
More than 500 students from across the country are studying in the campus, which has 350 lecturers and employees.
Posted on: 2012-12-12 12:00