The Kathmandu Post Career Edufair kicks off
Jul 25, 2014-The third edition of ‘The Kathmandu Post Career Edufair 2014’, organised by the Kantipur Publications, kicked off in Kathmandu on Friday.
More than 25,000 visitors showed up on the first day of the event being held at the Exhibition Hall in Bhrikutimandap.
This year’s fair features representation by over 100 national and international academic institutions, offering education counselling and one-on-one interaction. Students can also meet the representatives from several education consultancies that offer education counselling for colleges and universities in Australia, the USA, the UK, Japan, China, Germany, Malaysia, and Singapore. These countries are the most sought after academic destinations for Nepali students. More than 28,000 students applied for admission in these countries in the last fiscal year.
Along with the renowned academic institutions from the country, over two dozen colleges and universities from India, Bangladesh and Switzerland are participating. Addressing the event’s inauguration, Education Minister Yadav said, “We should provide students the freedom of choice, so that they can research the colleges and universities independently, and apply for admission wherever they see fit for them.”
Responding to a media query on how the government views the rise in the number of students going abroad for higher studies, Yadav said it is purely a matter of choice of an individual, and the government cannot control one from studying in a university of their choice. “We cannot stop anyone from going aboard for studies. Though it can be minimised by ensuring quality education within the country,” she said.
The Kathmandu Post Career Edufair has been the most preferred career and education exposition among students since its advent in 2012. The event of last year, had received an estimated 100,000 footfall. The number of visitors this year is expected to surpass the previous figure.
“From the very first event, we have received excellent feedback from the exhibitors and the participants,” said Akhilesh Upadhyay, the editor-in-chief of The Kathmandu Post. “This exposition on higher education is a long term commitment from the Kantipur Publications which has incorporated the annual education event to its annual calendar.”
According to the organisers of the fair, rather than just offering information on academic institutions, the event is also focused on finding career opportunities for students. The students interested to go to the US for higher studies can also get to know about the US visa system from the representatives of the Visa Section of
the US Embassy between 12 pm and 1 pm.
This year, the event organisers have partnered with the British Council to conduct a special seminar on the UK education which will be held on Saturday. A session on career building will also be held on Sunday. Shanta Dixit, the director of Rato Bangla School, and Swornim Wagle, the member of National Planning Commission, among others, are expected to address the seminar.
Besides education and career counselling for students, visitors can also enjoy their favourite singers perform live on stage. Visitors are welcome between
11 am and 6 pm.
Published: 26-07-2014 09:15