The Collegian

Fallow grounds: pursuing a future in forestry and agriculture

Although, the government is promoting technical education heavily, it will take time for students to understand the importance as well the sheer prospects in obtaining an agriculture and forestry degree in the coming future.

Alisha Sijapati, Aug 16 2018

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Need for more regulations, but also innovation

The University Grants Commission (UGC), the apex regulatory body tasked with determining and maintaining the quality of education in universities, has time and again come under the scanner for failing to curb malpractices in the education sector. With 13 universities currently under its purview and more provincial-level universities in the pipeline, the UGC’s scope of work is slated to increase in the coming years. But how does the commission plan to broaden its authority? In this conversation with The Post, Professor Dev Raj Adhikari discusses the role UGC will play in a federalised education system and how it plans to crack down on malpractices in universities.

Aug 16 2018

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By the law

As he waits for the finals results of his LLB programme, 26-year-old Yuvraj Bista is readying himself for the Public Service Commission (PSC) examination. Bista, who moved to Kathmandu from Achham a decade ago to pursue higher education, has always aspired to work for the government.

SANJEEV GIRI, Aug 16 2018

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Founding failures

In 2010, under a grand plan to diversify and decentralize higher education in the country, the Government of Nepal decided to establish three universities – Far-Western University, Mid-Western University and Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) –spread out across the nation in different development regions.These universities would focus on technical education and research, both of which were assumed to be mssing in existing universities, particularly Tribhuvan University (TU).

BINOD GHIMIRE, Aug 16 2018

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The streams not taken

Take Sujita Chaudhary. In 2013, fresh out of high school, she had the same plans as her friends – as a science student, join the Institute of Medicine (IOM) or the Institute of Engineering (IOE), two of Nepal’s premier technical institutions, both under the Tribhuvan University (TU), the oldest university of the country.

CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Aug 16 2018

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Going private

A decade ago, classrooms at the Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus in Bhrikutimandap were standing room only. Lecture halls with seating for over a hundred students would be filled to capacity with many more standing in the aisles and at the back. The scene was similar at every public college affiliated with Tribhuvan University, be it Patan Multiple Campus, Tri-Chandra College or the Central Campus at Kirtipur.

BINOD GHIMIRE, Aug 16 2018

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