Kathmandu, 22 Â December 2015: Â President Bidya Devi Bhandari has underlined the need of developing the physical infrastructure of the educational institutions that is suitable to the people of all age groups as there is no age-limit in education and learning.
Addressing a programme organised after observing the damage caused by the earthquake at the University, the Head of the State said, “The new construction to be undertaken henceforth should use modern technology, and be quake-resilient and environment-friendly. Since study and research is kind of penance, the teaching-learning activities at the university should be rigorous.”
The President stressed that the TU should become stronger and move ahead, developing into a prestigious education institution.
She also underlined the need for carrying out the reconstruction and renovation works at the university in a prompt and priority manner.
President Bhandari urged the TU to make appropriate use of its property and pay attention to the need of reconstruction, renovation and new construction by formulating an extensive master plan. “There should not be the shortage of resources for the reconstruction, renovation and new construction if the TU comes up with a commitment and a sound plan for the same,” she added.
The President stated that the TU should not be weak and as the oldest university of the country it should play the primary role of coordinating with the other universities although the concept of multiple universities has come.
She said she would share the real issues she came across during the inspection to the government and expressed the commitment to press the government to work to that end.
In course of the President’s visit to the university, Vice Chancellor Prof (Dr) Tirtha Raj Khaniya said that the university needed more than Rs 9 billion for the reconstruction of the infrastructure of the university damaged by the April 25 devastating earthquake and the major aftershocks. He said initiatives have been made for the funding from the Reconstruction Authority.
Chief librarian of TU Janardan Dhungana, Chief of the Department of Botany Hari Prasad Parajuli and Secretary of the TU Council Secretariat Bhola Prasad Dhakal briefed the President about the damage the earthquake caused to the TU Central Library, the Central Department of Botany and the TU Memorial Building, respectively.