Education fairs: Platform of information

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Students usually have various queries and confusions regarding their education and career. To help students tackle these problems, education and career fairs are expected to play an important role. And such fairs have gained popularity here where students can get information on various national and international colleges and universities under one roof. 

Attractions

It has been almost a decade that various kinds of education and career fairs are taking place in Nepal. Scores of colleges and universities usually take part in such fairs where students visiting them can get full information about those institutions.

Ambition Education and Career Expo, Education Consultancy Association of Nepal (ECAN) Education Fair, Higher Education and Career Fair, et cetera are some such fairs that are regularly taking place in the Capital.

ECAN is one of them which has been conducting the ECAN Education Fair for the last seven years. “Last year more than 1, 50,000 students attended the education fair,” shares Rudra Prasad Regmi, Manager Secretariat of ECAN, where the number of participating students is increasing every year.

And the flow of students is one important factors that has attracted both the organisers and educational institutions. “There is flow of students in such fairs because of availability of lots of information under one roof and the colleges and universities get to promote themselves here. That’s why organisers are attracted,”as per Ramesh Silwal, CEO of Goldengate International College and Vice President of Higher Secondary School’s Association-Nepal (HISSAN).

Meanwhile, the information to the students in such fairs are valuable — which is another point of attraction.  Anjali Basnet, a student of Class XII at Annapurna College expresses, “After completing my + 2, I want to pursue higher degree in BSc  CSIT . As the subject is new here, most of us don’t know about this subject and where to study. So, if I attend an education fair, I can easily know about where to study that course.” 

To this, Deepa Maharjan, a BBA IIIrd Semester student at Nobel College adds, “At education fair, one knows new information about a particular course, where to study it and how to enroll in the interested college or university.

Needs

Students who are ambitious and aspire to do good in the future usually seek to visit education fairs. And during her “time of dilemma while taking decision about certain college” Ashma Sapkota, studying A level at Gems Institute of Higher Education finds the information in such fairs “helpful”.

She expresses, “We get to compare the facilities and educational programmes of different colleges under one roof. They provide us important information about suitable educational institution that comes within our budget and interest.”

Usually, educational fairs are of two types. “Either they focus on national educational institutes or they feature institutions of different places around the world,” informs Silwal.

And for those willing to go to other countries to pursue their higher studies, such fairs “tell students about the country, its environment, education rules, study budget and more on the spot” as per Regmi.

That is not all. “You get to know also about discounts and scholarship schemes along with getting information about the subject that is in demand in the market,” states Manish Joshi, a Class XII student at Prime College.  

Student’s concern 

Even though there are many advantages of visiting education fairs or organising a fair, students need to be concerned about certain things while trusting the information flown there. 

Sapkota points out, “Education fairs these days have become just a medium of advertisement for colleges and universities. Rather than providing students with proper information, they ignore us. Instead of telling us about courses offered by a college, they talk mostly about the infrastructure and its history.” 

Silwal adds, “There are certain things that students and guardians need to know before trusting the things told in the fairs. One should check whether the information flown in the fair is authentic or not.” 

But how can we verify the information? He suggests, “One can search the Internet and find information about a particular educational institution in other countries. Meanwhile, for institutions within the country, you can talk to past students. The best way, however, is to use all five senses.”

Regmi, meanwhile, advises, “If one is looking forward to go abroad, the students must check whether the consultancy is registered or not.”

There are certain colleges that use popular faces as their advisors though the same person does not have any idea of being in the advisor post of that institution. Some are even cheating students by even keeping dead person’s name as the college advisor in brochures, according to Silwal. 

To tackle with such cheating, “Cross check whether the board members featured in those brochures of colleges actually are part of it or not,” he advises.

Meanwhile, Silwal also urges the students to avoid on-the-spot enrollment. “Get all the detailed information regarding infrastructure, budget, transportation and more of any college before getting enrolled.”