Print Edition - 2017-08-12  |  The Collegian

Third Nepal Higher Education Fair begins

Aug 12, 2017-

The stage is set for the third iteration of the Nepal Higher Education Fair, which will provide a platform for domestic colleges and universities to showcase the courses they have on offer. The fair is set to kick off in the Capital on Saturday. 

Amid an increasing trend of organising education fairs in past few years, Education.com, an education management institution, in 2015 launched its own fair. However, while a majority of fairs organised round the year promote international colleges and universities, NHEF has a different motive. The Fair was conseptualised, according to the organisers, because it became necessary to create a platform where students were provided information and counselling regarding education opportunities here in Nepal.

NHEF is a first-of-its-kind event where only domestic academic institutions are allowed to host stalls and promote their programs, the organisers claim. The two-day event, to be held at the Durbarmarg-based Hotel Annapurna, will have 40 colleges providing information and counselling to students from 52 different stalls. In addition to colleges affiliated with domestic universities, over a dozen institutions providing international degrees with affiliations to renowned international universities will be at the event.

According to the organisers, visiting students will have the opportunity to gather information regarding colleges here in Nepal, along with free career counselling services. “We also encourage parents to accompany the students to the event so that they can make prudent decision jointly before enrolling in colleges,” said Jeevan Lama Gole, manager of Education.com. He claimed that by promoting domestic institutions, the organisers want to curb the ever increasing trend of students opting for international colleges and, in turn, the draining billions of Rupees from the economy each year.

Over the past decade, the number of students studying abroad has been on the rise. Records at the Ministry of Education indicate that over 50,000 students—highest ever in Nepali history—received ‘No Objection Certification’ letters this year, which is a prerequisite for studying abroad. They have flown to 72 countries across the globe. Gole says though students cannot be stopped from leaving the country, the trend can be significantly reduced. “There are so many colleges that have been offering international degrees here in Nepal. The course that cost millions of rupees abroad can be obtained for around half a million here,” he said.

Students attending the fair will be able to browse through a variety of colleges and courses that they can pursue at the university level. Apart from the opportunity to compare colleges, their faculties, past history and fees, the students will have the opportunity to inquire about available scholarships. 

According to the organisers, the fair is primarily targeted at students who recently graduated from the Plus Two level. Organisers claim that only those colleges which have maintained a good reputation and have been well-perceived by students have been given a platform at the fair. 

Beginning this year, public colleges and government universities will also be participating in the fair. Tribhuvan University’s constituent Nepal Commerce Campus (NCC) has a stall in the event while TU, Pokhara and Purbanchal Universities too have supported the event. Organisers say that they will be actively seeking to increase participation from government colleges in the years to come in order to relay the message that they too are providing quality education to students. 

Given its unique approach and platform, the number of students attending the fair has been on the rise. According to the organisers, following 3,000 attendees in the first year, over 4,000 students attended the fair last year. This year, the organisers are anticipating a footfall of some 6,000 students at the event. The organisers claim that over half of the students attending the fair find enrolment in domestic colleges. Organisers also provide post-fair services to students who don’t get admissions. 

Apart from the opportunity to gather information and receive career counselling, students will also have the opportunity to win attractive gift hampers on a daily 

basis. Every students registered at the fair will be included in the lucky draws for the hampers. 

A total of 10 mobile phones and 100 movie tickets will be distributed at the fair. Similarly, a laptop will be given to one lucky participant. On the last day of the event, a bumper prize will be announced and one student will be walking away a brand new scooter. The entry is free. 

Published: 12-08-2017 08:05

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