Stories Tagged 'The collegian'

Taking the lead

Sep 16 2018

Naresh Lamgade completed his Bachelor’s in Computing from the Kathmandu-based Islington College last year. After graduation, he went on to form Cynical Technology, which marked its first anniversary this week. The company might only be a year old but it has managed to establish itself a fairly well-known name in cyber security, providing services to a number of institutions, including different government agencies. Recently, the company even received a contract to provide cyber security to the Malaysia-based online payment organization, Payment Gateway.
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It might surprise many to learn that Nepal does not just export students to foreign countries, but is also a destination for foreign students, primarily from India, who come here to study medicine. For these students, medical colleges in Nepal are not just cheaper but are also reputed for being of a certain quality.
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As Nepali students continue to fly abroad in hopes of pursuing a better education, colleges in Nepal have attempted to deal with this practice on their own terms, seeking affiliations from foreign colleges and promising a foreign degree from Nepal itself. Since the very first foreign affiliation was granted in 1993 to now, around five dozen others have obtained such affiliations and now offer international degrees to thousands of students from Nepal itself and at relatively affordable fees.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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