NAST is contributing to the preparation of technical workforce despite geographical anomalies

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Shivhari Sharma Mudbhari is an accomplished name in the academic sphere, especially in the Far Western and Mid-Western regions. He is the Principal at National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), one of the oldest and leading colleges of Pokhara University.

NAST has been imparting technical education at a reasonable fee structure at local level that meets an international standard. It has highly qualified, experienced and dedicated faculties. The management team is well efficient and visionary. So, the students are provided proper guidance and supervision to fulfill their dreams. Currently, the college offers BE Computer, BE Civil, BCA, and BBA, affiliated to Pokhara University, and ten-plus-two programs in Science and Management, affiliated to NEB. Excerpts:

Could you please share with us the performance of NAST College that has remarkably escalated its renown?

We have managed to deliver a large number of engineering, computer engineering and management graduates. Truly speaking, we never compromise on things that emasculate our quality delivery. Most of our graduates have found placement privileges in different companies with dignified positions. As per our data, none of our graduates have remained unemployed since they are able to embrace a wealth of opportunities in various working spheres. Furthermore, our products have achieved phenomenal successes in government sector and higher studies.

How do you corroborate that NAST has been imparting quality education that supplants the charm of Kathmandu-based education?

I can claim that NAST has been imparting best and quality education in a full scholastic atmosphere. We are maintaining strict discipline among students. Moral values are also given equal importance besides extra-curricular activities. According to the survey conducted by Himal Magazine some 2/3 years back, NAST stood at the 29th position among the best colleges of the country. So we can infer that NAST is one of the best colleges in the country.

Could you possibly tell us how the NAST grads are doing in the global economy?

NAST is sagacious to give excellent academic performance which, no doubt, is the most crucial matter of any academic institutions. We are proud that NAST is one of the best result-achieving institutions amid Pokhara University affiliated colleges. The college has been achieving 80-100% aggregate results in average every year. Approximately, 70% of students score more than 3 CGPA. Besides, our students have been enlisted in the Dean’s list which indicates that we leave no stone unturned to give appealing academic upshots. Furthermore, some of our successful graduates have proved that there is no need of joining any institutions to achieve better scores beyond the country. They have proven that excellent human resources can be produced in Nepal.

We have been able to dispatch computer engineers in different fields. More than 200 engineers have been graduated from this college. Most of our students are involved in government jobs unlike entrepreneurs in foreign lands. Of late, one of our BBA graduates, Ashok Bohara, has been able to attain a sterling success in the exam of section officer conducted by Public Service Commission. Most of our graduates are employable, which is our cherishing attainment.

Could you share with us your further plans? How long it may take you to solidify such plans?

We are intending to offer MBA syllabus in near future. For this, we have prepared all the infrastructures including physical facilities and human resources. I would like to proudly share with you that there are 12 PhD holders in our founder team. As soon as the University grants us an approval, we are able to offer MBA program without further delay. So, I promise you that we will crystallize our plan very soon.

How are you observing the educational milieu of the far western region?

The education system in far western development region has become competitive in the course of time. It is a universal truth that competition gives quality if competition is for a good cause. People of these swathes do not have much interest in technical and technological education, which is today’s requisite. If we have to develop far western region as a centre of quality education, we should establish educational institutions that offer technology and technical programs irrespective of territorial peculiarities.

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