Prof. Toya Narayan Poudel
Academic Director, Himalayan WhiteHouse Int’l College
Nepal is a developing country but it is profoundly rich in natural resources. The nature has bestowed on us a wealth of natural resources, such as perennial rivers, majestic mountains, green forest, but they are not fully utilized for the benefits of Nepal and the people. For the meaningful utilization of these available natural resources, the infrastructural development, viz. education, communication and physical infrastructure must be developed.
The engineering education can play a vital role in developing the physical infrastructure and in utilizing available natural resources. Engineers are such campaigners who can transform the nation from darkness to the light of development. They are inventors and innovators. Their knowledge and skill can be useful for transforming the nation into prosperity by utilizing the available natural resources. Moreover, this is the age of technology. In this era, engineering education has become the most appealing of myriads students. All the universities of Nepal are imparting globally acclaimed quality education in the engineering sector. It has been providing adequate knowledge and skill to students who want to gain knowledge and skill that can be utilized fully in the native land and beyond. In comparison to other countries, engineering education in Nepal is highly regarded as the fountain of all kinds of job opportunities.
The students, who pursue engineering education in Nepal, will learn both theoretical and practical education which will be applicable to the context of Nepal. The engineers produced from the Nepalese Universities are qualified enough in both theoretical knowledge and practical orientation in the context of Nepal. However, students who study in foreign lands cannot generate patriotic feelings. Due to these reasons, they are unlikely to return to their native land upon attaining a qualification. They do not have adequate knowledge and practice in working in Nepalese environment.
In many cases, we’ve found that Nepalese students who study in foreign swathes want to settle there permanently. They sell their parental property and take it to foreign lands. Therefore, undergraduate courses at foreign Universities have promoted draining out of youths and Nepalese currency. In the same way, students who are embarking on ten- plus-two education in a foreign country cannot complete their course due to economic crises. In obligation, they have to involve in bread-winning jobs rather than regular study. If any country makes the policy of sending Nepali students to their native land after their course, they will succumb to appalling repercussions. On the other hand, such students will have neither money nor an academic degree which may create uncertainty for their future. More seriously, students who return to Nepal even after completing their education will have to face various difficulties in practical activities for their job adjustment. So, I suggest that students with a strong mojo should study in their native land, but can go to foreign countries for master’s and PhD degree.
Nepal is situated between two powerful countries, India and China. These two countries have made tremendous progress in the path of development. Comparing the level of development of Nepal with these two countries, Nepal has below one percent development. We need millions of engineers within ten years, if the government follows the path of development seriously. The Nepalese youths should think positively and show their patriotic devotion to developing the nation. For this purpose, they should study undergraduate education in Nepal. It will consequently develop patriotic feelings in them as well as will enhance their knowledge and skill which can be rewarding for the country’s development. I suggest that parents should galvanize their child(ren) for their bachelor study in Nepal. The teenagers need proper guidance and parenthood in various aspects for bringing them to the right track of professional development. So, let’s create an environment that instills in our youths the importance of studying undergraduate courses in their native land. In this regard, parents, academicians and all colleges should create an appropriate environment for those career hopefuls so that they pursue their higher courses in Nepal with stronger commitment.
There is a huge demand of engineering, bio-technology and management sectors human resources in Nepal for its rapid development. So, let’s contribute to an appealing environment in our country that diminishes the huge loss of Nepalese currency and youths going to foreign swathes in pursuit of quality education. Himalayan Whitehouse International College, Putalisadak— Kathmandu express its strong commitment to the provision of globally demanded and acclaimed engineering education in Nepal and enables each learner to get a wealth of opportunities in their native land.