Organization of Pokhara University Education Nepal (OPEN), an umbrella organization of Pokhara University affiliated colleges across the country, elected 17-member Executive Committee led by Nawaraj Pandey for the next two years. Mr. Pandey has worked as Senior Vice president of OPEN. He is also Senior Vice President of HISSAN and Chairman at Nobel College, the largest college for health science program which is affiliated to Pokhara University.
Similarly, Er. Hari Bhandari, the Principal at Oxford College of Engineering and Management has been elected the first Vice President; Nar Bahadur Bista, Principal at Uniglobe College, Vice President; Bijuli Prasad Rana, Executive Director of NCIT, Vice President; and Devi Bhandari, Principal of Crimson College of Technology, General Secretary.
Likewise, CEO of Everest Engineering College, Arun Kumar Bhandari has been elected the Secretary, Netra Bashyal, joint secretary; and Kashinath Khanal, CEO of CAMAD College, Treasurer whereas Bhimsen Giri, Managing Director of Rapti Engineering College was elected Joint-treasurer.
Members of new committee consist of Kishor Dhungana, KP Panta, Hari Krishna Aryal, Indrajit Pun, Shekhar Gurung, Bimal Gautam, Paras Shrestha and Ram Chandra Kandel.
The first Convention of OPEN was held on 30th Bhadra 2063 in Pokhara, followed by second Convention on 7th and 8th Bhadra 2064 in Lumle, third Convention on 9th Poush 2065 in Pokhara, fourth Convention on 18th Asar 2067, fifth Convention on 28th Falgun 2067, sixth General Assembly on 26th Ashwin 2069 in Pokhara, seventh General Assembly on 17th Jestha 2070 and eighth General Assembly on 28th Poush 2072.
Standard and quality of colleges will not mount until the prestige of Pokhara University is not upgraded. Considering the co-relationship between colleges and the University, the OPEN is supporting Pokhara University in every matter by collecting the information regarding affiliation, admission, curriculum development, exam system, scholarship and free student union. In the same way, it is also playing the role of an interlocutor for solving the problems when there is demonstration by students or official personnel, padlock in the university, hunger strike by holding table talks with the concerned authority.
The past president of OPEN, Prof. Dr. RC Acharya who is the Founder Principal of Tilottama Campus and Chairman of Lumbini Engineering College said that the new executive committee of OPEN would have the responsibility and duty to have good relationship between colleges and the University. He also advised that the case of D+ should be finalized which is now in the Supreme Court. Without economic well-being, no institutions can run; so, the OPEN should create such economic activities that can strengthen the University affiliated institutions.
Mr. Nawaraj Pandey took the oath from Bhanu Sharma, Principal of Apex College. Having promised to make OPEN a very strong organization during his term, he had to commit to giving his entire time to organizational development and promoting a good camaraderie with the University and its affiliates.