Students flock to event to learn about courses

- Prasun Sangroula, Kathmandu

Jul 23, 2016-Despite a daylong downpour, the inaugural day of the fourth Kathmandu Post Career Edufair at Bhrikutimandap saw a huge number of enthusiastic young participants. Mostly Plus Two graduates and those awaiting their final year results were seen at the fair looking for a right college/university for their higher studies.

As the fair has a sizeable participation from colleges and universities in India, Australia, Bangladesh, the USA, New Zealand and Australia, their stalls drew the most number of visitors to the fair.

Eighteen-year-old Samir Mahat, a +2 graduate from COHEAD College, Birtamod, said he was planning to pursue higher studies in Computer Science in the United States. “This is my first visit to such a fare. I believe it will help me find a right college to enroll,” said Mahat.

Many students visited the event to get first-hand information on courses and for career counselling. One of them was Parina Khadka, an A-level graduate from the Kathmandu-based Saipal Academy, who visited the stalls to learn more about biology courses in the US. “Since human biology is a new subject in the Nepali context, I came to the fair for counselling from the consultant,” said Khadka.

The representatives from foreign colleges/universities said they were encouraged by the turnout. Tarun Bhatta, senior officer at the Punjab-based Lovely Professional University, said most of the students who visited his stall were looking to apply for Engineering, B Tech in Computer Science, and business studies.

Some consultants who were there to provide career counselling said students prefer to go abroad for studies citing the delay in exam results and political instability in Nepal.

The stalls of tourism studies and hotel management colleges also drew significant numbers of visitors. “The possibilities in the fields of tourism and hotel management are huge in Nepal. On the very first day, we got many students to enquire about the prospect of a career in hotel management,” said Saroj Pokharel, a lecturer at International School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Gyaneshwor.

Umesh Dhungel, secretary of the Educational Consultancy Association of Nepal, said this kind of event gives students a right perspective on the subject they are planning to pursue. “With a large number of colleges/universities under one roof, it will be easier for them to pick the right one,” he added.

Interest in technical education, courses abroad

Tarun Bhatta

Senior Officer, Lovely Professional University, Punjab

The Lovely Professional University, based in India, has been getting a significant number of Nepali students for the past few years. Currently, over 500 Nepali students are studying various courses in our university. Most of them are studying Engineering, Computer Science, Physiotherapy and Management.

Saroj Kumar Basnet

CEO, Netco Technology

It is technical education that attracted a large number of students. Most of the students who visited our stalls asked for courses of nursing, IT and paramedicine.

Published: 23-07-2016 12:39

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