Experts bring flaws in higher education to light

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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 Education experts today said current higher education programmes and policies are impractical and inadequate. 

Addressing an interaction on higher education policies that had University Grants Committee (UGC) Nepal as the organiser, the experts said lack of planning and farsightedness on the part of the government are mainly to blame for unemployment among the educated youth. They pointed that the lack of plans to estimate and supply the workforce has made the matter worse. 

The experts said this while discussing the findings of a study that UGC had commissioned by mobilising committees in different regions to collect feedback from experts on higher education policies. 

Surya Lal Amatya, former rector of the Tribhuvan University, slammed the universities’ tendency of granting affiliation to campuses without appropriate study and research. 

He said, “Due to political pressure and financial temptations, universities are granting affiliation to campuses even in places where campuses are not needed. Worse still, such campuses lack qualified teaching faculty and other human resources.” 

Mahendra Singh, former TU rector, said there is no clarity on duties and responsibilities of various sectors. 

He said the government has not been able to provide job-oriented education because stakeholders are not playing the roles they ought to play. Hridaya Ratna Bajracharya, technical adviser to the UGC, said curricula are old and impractical. Ganesh Man Gurung, UGC chairman, pledged to incorporate experts’ suggestions in the draft of a new higher education policy.

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