Ierin education fair kicks off

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Ierin education fair kicks off

Nov 22, 2014-

The two-day International Education Fair 2014 featuring over three dozens of foreign academic institutions and their local representatives kicked off in the Capital on Saturday.

Around 750 students and guardians visited the first day of the event which was inaugurated by the government’s Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal amid a programme at Hotel de l’Annapurna in Durbarmarg. The fair organised by the International Education Representatives’ Initiative of Nepal (Ierin) showcases 38 stalls with direct representation from around a dozen universities from India, Japan, the UK, the USA, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia and the Philippines.

Addressing the inaugural programme, Paudyal said such fairs should focus on providing correct information to students so that they don’t face any hurdles in their destination countries. Stating that there are many malpractices in the education consultancy sector, he asked the Ierin members to start correction. “We can’t stop students from going abroad,” Paudyal said, adding that the education consultancies should not take it as an opportunity to make money. He directed the organisers to make student aware of every pros and cons of foreign education rather than just luring them to go abroad.

Also speaking in the inaugural ceremony, Ram Hari Lamichhane, member-secretary at the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training, asked the event organisers to create an environment for students to return and invest their knowledge for the betterment of the country. “It is necessary to take international degree to compete in the global market. But it should be kept in mind that we should also focus on brain gain,” he said.

The orgnisers expect to have some 10,000 visitors in two days. The fair runs from 10am to 6 in the evening. They also said that the fair focuses more on career counseling rather than just providing information regarding abroad study. Ierin officials claim they are helping both the educators and the students by creating interactive platform. They claimed the officials from colleges and universities from various countries will help students gather first-hand information.”

“Ierin, from the very beginning of its establishment, is putting ethical practice first,” Ierin Chairman Uttam Prasad Pant said. “Authentic information from authorised representatives is our top priority.”

Published: 23-11-2014 09:27

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