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Contrary to Reports, IOE Clarifies: Student Interest in Engineering Remains Steady; Surge in Colleges Evident

December 17, 2023
Contrary to Reports, IOE Clarifies: Student Interest in Engineering Remains Steady; Surge in Colleges Evident

Recent media reports have stirred speculation regarding a decline in student interest in engineering programs, citing vacant seats in prestigious institutions like the Institute of Engineering (IOE). In response to these claims, Edusanjal engaged in an exclusive interview with Assistant Dean Prof. Dr. Sushil Bahadur Bajracharya from the Institute of Engineering (IOE). The interview aimed to shed light on the actual situation and provide an official perspective on the matter.

Amidst these reports, Prof. Dr. Bajracharya's insights offer valuable clarity, asserting that the alleged decrease in students is unfounded, attributing the phenomenon to a surge in the number of engineering colleges rather than a diminishing interest among prospective students. The following excerpts capture the essence of the interview, providing an authoritative stance on the enrollment dynamics within the Institute of Engineering.

Can you provide an official update on the current status of admissions and enrollment for the academic year 2080 within the Institute of Engineering (IOE)?

Response: Kartik 14 marked the commencement of admissions across 15 colleges and 12 programs under the Institute of Engineering (IOE), with a total of 4344 seats. Out of nearly 10,000 applicants, 6700 successfully passed the entrance examination. The ongoing admission process is in accordance with the number of available seats and programs. As of now, only about 30 seats remain unfilled, primarily in chemical engineering and a few other programs. While some seats are still available in constituent and affiliated colleges, it's important to note that the admission process is ongoing.

The Institute of Engineering (IOE) will continue publishing additional lists, ensuring enrollment remains dynamic. This situation, while not unique, emphasizes the transparency of IOE, providing real-time data to the public.

Why does the Institute of Engineering (IOE) not adopt a consolidated approach, similar to institutions like MEC, by publishing a single list for admissions and directly enrolling students into their designated colleges and programs?

Response: Comparing the admission processes between the Institute of Engineering (IOE) and institutions like MEC requires understanding the diverse programs offered by IOE, ranging across 12 different fields. Unlike the predominant programs in medical fields, IOE's versatility in offering programs such as Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering showcases its commitment to providing a comprehensive range of educational opportunities.

However, IOE acknowledges the need for increased awareness about these newer programs among prospective students. Efforts are underway to highlight the importance and scope of these subjects, ensuring students make informed choices. Furthermore, IOE's objective is to retain talent within the country, fostering global collaboration through MOUs with prestigious universities worldwide. Communication efforts will intensify to showcase the importance and global relevance of IOE's diverse programs.

What is the official perspective of the IOE on the recent reports indicating vacant seats in engineering colleges, including within prestigious institutions like the IOE?

Response: Students are well-informed about various colleges, their faculty, history, and infrastructure, leading to a preference for the Institute of Engineering (IOE) as their first choice. Constituent campuses such as Pashchimanchal Campus, Thapathali Campus, and Purwanchal Campus, along with affiliated colleges, continue to attract students due to their facilities and manageable fee structures. Khwopa College, in particular, fills its seats promptly owing to its affordable fee structure.

The ongoing admission process, coupled with a significant window for enrollment, remains open. Scholarships play a pivotal role in students' decision-making processes, and IOE plans to introduce more scholarship schemes in the future. The perception that student interest has decreased is debunked; rather, the increase in the number of engineering colleges has led to a supply exceeding demand. The government is urged to address this issue impartially and avoid affiliations based on political considerations. IOE reiterates its historical status as the preferred choice for engineering students.

How robust is the career counseling and guidance system within IOE to address subject-specific enrollment challenges?

Response: The introduction of subjects at IOE is backed by thorough research, ensuring a diverse array of programs. However, it's essential to recognize that not all colleges can offer these programs. IOE remains a top choice for students due to its commitment to quality education. A collaborative effort is necessary between IOE, the government, the University Grants Commission, and other concerned bodies.

Market trends and the demand for specific programs must be analyzed collectively. The government should play a proactive role in guiding students toward subjects that align with the evolving job market. As an example, research on the need for engineers in fields like Structure and Planning can inform students' choices, ensuring job security in the future. Collaboration between various stakeholders is crucial to providing accurate information to students about the job market and guiding them toward programs that align with the country's needs.

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