Now the service provided by Tribhuvan University’s Examination Control Office (Panika) is going to be improved. Now, as most of the services of PANIKA are provided through the online system, the students have to go to the examination control office and have to stand in line for hours.
Panika is starting such a system from the first week of next magh. For this, Panika will conduct a demo of the online system in the presence of university officials on Sunday. Controller of Examinations Pushparaj Joshi said, “After the implementation of the online system, students will not have to wait for the exam. No need to stand in line at the bank to pay the fee. Students can submit documents from home. Fees can also be paid online.”
After the implementation of the online system, the students do not need to physically attend for taking transcripts, obtaining original certificates, correcting names, etc. Although Panika had prepared to provide services online two years ago, this work was stopped due to lack of skilled manpower in information technology.
Although most of the services that can be provided online can be expanded from the current situation, the university has to make further decisions regarding the distribution of certificates. Exam controller Joshi said, “Nowadays there is a legal provision in which the students are required to present themselves and paste their photos on the certificate. The photograph uploaded by the student online will be pasted on the certificate by our IT staff but the executive council will have to decide for this.”
According to him, the documents requested by the students will be sent to the respective campuses through the central and regional offices. Under Panika, apart from Balkhu, work related to examination is being done from Nepalgunj, Attaria, Pokhara, Biratnagar regional offices. Targeting Madhesh province, the work is starting from Janakpur office soon. “If it works according to the plan we have made, after some time we will deliver the student’s certificate to the home address given by them. We are also coordinating with the post office for this,” he said.
Panika currently has six employees working in IT. Seven more such employees have been requested. Prada Shivlal Bhusal, Vice-Chancellor of Trivika, said that there will be no shortage of manpower to move the services provided by Panika to the online system. He said, “Let’s see Sunday’s demo. Then let’s decide. We will not let there be a shortage of people for good work.”
Students on continuous sit-in
Students led by the Independent Students Union (SWAVIU) of the University Central Campus have been on sit-in for 18 days demanding university reforms. Shyamraj Ojha, president of Swaviyu Central Campus, informed that the movement was started demanding the digitization of services provided by the university, decentralization of services and structural reforms.
He said that the main agenda of their campaign should be to end the delay in the services provided by the university, to build up the property of the university and to end the practice of appointing officials based on political beliefs. Ojha also said that 36 vehicles belonging to the university were attached to the university just a few days ago as a result of the initiative of Swaviyu to prevent misuse of the university’s property. The movement has been named as ‘University reform campaign’ by the students. Stating that many of the demands raised by them are of a nature that can be fulfilled immediately, he said, “We will not leave the campaign without fulfilling some demands.”