Er. Madan Sharma
Himalaya College of Engineering
Himalaya College of Engineering, affiliated to Tribhuvan University, was established in 2000 A.D. The college was founded and has been led by a team of dedicated academicians and professionals with a long experience in their respective areas of study and expertise. It offers an array of courses: Bachelor in Computer Science and Information Technology (BScCSIT), BCA, BE Civil, BE Architecture, BE Computer and BE Electronics and Communication. This institute is a widely recognized, fast-growing, reputed educational institution in the Kathmandu valley which is situated in a serene environment. The college has been making continuous efforts to develop itself as a learning center. It has achieved phenomenal progresses in infrastructural development and preparing adept human resources. Moreover, it owns highly sophisticated laboratories for scientific experiments.
Er. Madan Sharma is the Principal at Himalaya College of Engineering. He shared his view with College Readers on growing significance and demand of engineering education not only in Nepal but also in overseas countries. Excerpts:
How is the current situation of engineering education in Nepal?
Engineering education has created a milestone to the highest quality of education deliverance after establishing private engineering colleges. The teachers are capable, well-experienced and dedicated. Students are also brilliant and capable enough to seek their award-winning careers themselves. The management has ensured cutting-edge physical infrastructure and facilities for the students, but due to political interferences and unwanted political activities at most engineering colleges, the quality of engineering education is emasculating in the course of time. The government, political parties, college management, parents, teachers and all the stake holders should work collectively for the assurance of smooth operation of academic activities at each institution. If we work jointly to uplift and enhance the quality we deliver, the engineering education of Nepal will be at the apex level which makes our learners more competition in the global setting.
In your opinion, why engineering education should be studied in Nepal?
In this open world, imposing restriction is not justifiable; however, the fair has spread the message to all parents and students that private engineering institutions are fully capable to impart global standard quality education in Nepal.
In fact, engineering is an applied science. Students who study engineering education in Nepal generally acquire theoretical knowledge as well as practical implication of knowledge in Nepalese environment. Nepalese engineering campuses impart global standard quality education focusing on local context. In addition, Nepalese engineers can fit in Nepal and can also compete in the global market. If we are able to impart quality education in Nepal, we can help our parents and students save their money, which has become one of the growing tensions of the government. It also creates a wealth of employment opportunities in the country, which is linked with other sectors. It means a large number of people will get indirect job if engineering education is promoted and spread throughout the country. Another equally important aspect of studying engineering in Nepal is that Nepalese engineers will be familiar with Nepal’s geographical anomalies. On the other hand, students will get lots of opportunities from their study without any stress since they have to spend nominal money for widely acclaimed curricula. Moreover, they are under the observation of their parents and supervision of their college.
Do you think Nepalese engineering colleges are capable enough to impart quality education to fulfill the global requisites?
I completed my engineering education abroad. And also I’ve visited many countries and have analyzed engineering education that is imparted in overseas countries. While comparing engineering education of Nepal with that of foreign countries, Nepalese engineering education is of high standard in terms of its curricula and quality of our products. Therefore, Nepalese engineers are fully capable to compete in the global market. Many large numbers of Nepalese engineers have shown their phenomenal performance by acquiring leading position in many reputed companies of the world, which proves that Nepal is fully capable to impart quality education.
What are the distinct features of Himalayan Engineering College which are rarely found in other colleges?
All the colleges have adopted the same syllabi, but they are applying them in a different way. We apply curricular and extra-curricular activities distinctively by analyzing the need and situation. We regularly organize training and motivational programs to boost the confidence and efficiency of our students for their field work at the time of job performance. Similarly, we organize group-study exchange program by inviting national and internationally renowned personalities who have gained profound experience in various sectors. We have also signed an MOE with IT companies and many renowned companies of Japan and have been organizing interface programs.
How do you acknowledge the achievement of your products in the global market?
Our products have attained phenomenal successes in both job landing sector and higher studies in the country and beyond. Many of our products hold leading positions in governmental sector and many corporate houses in Nepal.
What suggestions would you like to give ten-plus-two science graduates in favor of engineering education in Nepal?
Engineering education is a job-handy education that boosts certitude of our learners to be autonomous entrepreneurs. It has widened the academic paradigm for students for their higher studies and career pursuits. So, I suggest ten-plus-two graduates they pursue an engineering education for a rewarding career. However, students who want to become engineers should possess some inherent qualities. In other words, they should have mastery on physics and mathematics. Similarly, they should have enthusiasm for frequent field visits and applying learned theory into practice.