The good thing about Ghopa camp was that it was free from load shedding which has become a harsh reality of Nepal in the recent months. Those days, the second edition of IPL (Indian Premier League) matches were being played in South Africa. We watched a full T-20 game on TV together that night. I had the plan to visit Purwanchal Engineering campus next day. I was eager to see it all again in a bid to relive my memories.
The next day at around 11AM, I was in front of the gates of Engineering campus. The security guards gave me a more than strange look as I almost staggered into the campus. I saw students walking along and looking at me curiously. I had not yet meet anyone with whom I have worked in the past. I looked around. Memories kept on flooding and each minute appeared like an hour as every second had to end. I entered into the administration building and looked at the name plates hanging on the wall. I decided to meet the campus chief first.
The campus chief was on a trip to Biratnagar (a sub-metropolitan, industrial city located in the eastern region of Nepal) but I met many of my former colleagues. I was obviously delighted to see them. I spent a whole day there talking with friends. I visited most of the places inside the campus. Sitting next to these places refreshed my souls. However, there were few things that made me feel very upset. The most disturbing thing was the frequent change in the leadership as the college had seen half a dozen principals during last 4-years (normally, one complete tenure of a campus chief is 4-years)! How can we expect someone to make plans for the betterment of the academic environment in such a short tenure and actually execute them? Everyone seemed to have fed-up with the situation and obviously looking for some stability after years of musical chairs with campus chiefs. Besides, there were few other problems that reflect the reality and culture of the government colleges in Nepal. We considered it as 'natural'.