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Shishir Khanal Appointed as Education Minister

January 17, 2023
Last updated January 18, 2023
Shishir Khanal Appointed as Education Minister

Shishir Khanal has been appointed the Education, Science, and Technology Minister in the newly elected government led by the Nepal Rastriya Swatantra Party (NRSP). He officially took the oath of office and secrecy on January 17, 2023 at a ceremony held at the Office of the President of Nepal.

Who is Shishir Khanal?

Khanal was born in Chundi, Tanahun. He passed his SLC from Siddhartha Bansthali School. Khanal did his ISc from Trichandra Multiple Campus and completed his Bachelor's and Master's degree in America. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Political Economy from Connecticut State University and Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Winsconsin-Madison. He spent 10 years in America for his studies. In terms of public policy education, he completed his Masters's degree at the University of Winsconsin-Madison. 

Shishir Khanal’s Journey to Minister

Khanal established Teach for Nepal in 2012. He was co-founder and has remained involved in teacher production. Teach for Nepal provided teacher training and capacity-building programs to teachers in 7 districts of Nepal and also recruited volunteer teachers in various districts. He has been advocating quality education in the capacity of an educational advisor in various 40-50 districts of Nepal. Previously, he served as the education advisor for Tulsipur Sub-Metropolitan City for three years.

Khanal has reportedly shared about 30-35 education systems of different countries in various professional programs. He is also a manager at pickNdrop, a cargo company.

Khanal aims to make the education system more competitive in the global environment. He stood as a candidate for the education minister and won the election. However, his major challenge is the need for updates in the education policy. The current education act is from 2028, and no new act has been implemented ever since.

Also see: Education Ministers of Nepal - Edusanjal