A plethora of colleges, courses to choose from


Himalayan News Service

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The first day of the three-day-long “SBSC NECA International Education Fair 2011” organised by the National Educational Consultancies Association (NECA) saw encouraging participation of students and parents on Friday.

More than 2,000 people, mostly +2 graduates, directly interacted with representatives of national and international education institutes.

Most of the students were interested in pursuing technical subjects like engineering, nursing and paramedical courses, according to counsellors at the fair. Considered one of the country’s biggest education fairs, the event brought together a significant number of institutes from around the world, along with their counsellors and related financial organisations and consultants.

“We are overwhelmed by the huge influx of students on the very first day. A large section of the visitors was plus two graduates followed by SLC graduates,” said Bipin Raj Shrestha, NECA executive member. “The exhibition has provided a good platform to both parents and students to meet and interact with representatives of various national and international colleges.”

SLC board topper Aakriti Pandey inaugurated the fair amid a function at the World Trade Centre at Tripureshwor.

Addressing the inauguration session, senior vice-president of Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bhaskar Raj Rajkarnikar underlined the need of re-branding education consultancies. “There is a perception among the people that such consultancies are highly commercialised and they just work for money. As such, re-branding the image is the need of the hour.”

Stating that a majority of students going abroad for higher studies don’t return to Nepal, British Council Country Director Robert Moonro highlighted the need to bring them back to the country. “Nepal can only head towards a progressive path if students going abroad invest their knowledge and experience gained there in the country. Therefore, Nepal should create an environment to bring them back,” he said.

Representatives of colleges and universities of India, UK, New Zealand, Cyprus, Ukraine, Russia, Australia and Japan are taking part in the exhibition that has 70 stalls and six pavilions.

According to the organisers, the fair has also provided an opportunity to companies that are involved in sending students for studies abroad and overseas education providers.

“It is a big help for everyone, as we are getting almost every nature of consultancy and direct help from the representatives of the institutes,” said Navin Sharma, a student. “We always look forward to such education fairs to have an idea of colleges and other programmes in and outside the country.”

Shrestha said the main objective of the event is to give a platform to students aspiring to study abroad and inform them of preparation courses such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), GRE (Graduate Record Examination), GMAT (Graduate Management Assessment Test) and courses, colleges or universities of a particular country.

Subjects offered at different university desks at the fair ranged from traditional science, arts, and humanities to disciplines such as business, engineering, management and information technology, fashion, design and other technical subjects.

Shrestha added that colleges are offering spot admissions and scholarships based on the certificates of students. “Colleges are offering up to 50 percent scholarship in the event,” he said. The organisers have also provided special discounts ranging from 10 to 50 percent in IELTS preparations or in language classes. Students can choose any of the consultancies from the around 80 member organisations of NECA for the courses.

Apart from career and subject counselling, visitors can entertain themselves by taking part in T-shirt painting, photo competition and short film shows at the fair. The entry ticket for the fair is Rs 15 available on the spot. Organisers expect around 20,000 visitors during the three days of the fair.

(Source: The Kathmandu Post: Published in The Kathmandu Post on July 2)