Lumbini Engineering College is one of the top-notch engineering colleges in Nepal. To what extent do you think the objective of establishment of Lumbini Engineering College has been fulfilled?
Yes, indeed. Lumbini Engineering, Management & Science College is one of the top-notch colleges in Nepal. When we established this college in 2000 A.D, our immediate purpose was to make qualitative engineering education available at local level so that Nepalese students would not have to rush to our neighboring country, India and other developed countries. The other aim was to produce required technical manpower to accelerate the pace of the development of the country. Usually, the contemporary trend was to favour urban areas to establish an academia, but we selected semi-urban area, erstwhile Karahiya V.D.C. at Bhalwari, 10 Kms away from Butwal and Bhairahawa—two major urban centers. In addition, our surmise then was to decentralize development processes. So, the very objective of establishing Lumbini Engineering, Management & Science College has been fulfilled. Our students’ semester end results justify that we have been able to produce qualitative and diligent engineers. This could be corroborated with the fact that we have been awarded by the Govt. of Nepal, Ministry of Education. And pleasurably the Pokhara University and Nepal Engineering Council have also granted permanent accreditation. In this regard, all these accounts of our academic journey strengthen that we relish our achievements every day.
What are the main reasons behind such a phenomenon success of your college?
The main reason of our achievement is the team spirit that prevails at the management level and among dedicated faculty members and office, lab staff etc. Moreover, the gratuitous cooperation of the students and local community is also considered one of the significant entities behind our electrifying success. In addition to this, we have always tried to institutionalize the college aiming at the development of infrastructures and the faculty.
Lumbini Engineering College offers BE-Civil, BE-Computer and BE IT and BE Elex & Comm. Why should students pursue these courses at your college?
Learning takes place in a proper environment and the contributory elements for a conducive learning environment are: motivating classes for students, teachers’ dedication and attitude towards students apart from physical condition of the classrooms, labs, library etc. Our classrooms are fully equipped with A/C, CCTV cameras to monitor every class of academicians. We have become successful in building an accommodating infrastructure, establishing well- equipped labs, library etc. We are proud of our dedicated and learning-friendly faculty members. These are the reasons why a promising aspirant should join Lumbini Engineering, Management and Science College for an engineering career.
Upon completing these courses, how does a graduate ensure an award-winning career?
Our undergraduates have a range of options upon their graduation as they either go abroad on a student visa for higher studies or win a working visa or stay in their native land or get engaged in job landing sectors or become entrepreneurs. Since Nepal is a developing country, the necessity of technical workforce is ever increasing. The restructuring of the state too has opened many new areas of opportunity where they can easily adjust themselves. Our survey has shown that there hardly is a local government unit which can accommodate all these human resources. The situation of province government is not very different. However, the availability of job opportunities at local level is on the rise.
What efforts has your college made to enhance quality engineering education?
We have encouraged our faculty members to educate themselves by furthering their high academic degree acquisition, arranging periodical seminar or training to be updated by exposing themselves to others and vice- versa. We have recently organized a web-based international conference on engineering and technology on 5th December, 2021 to instill in the minds of our faculty members the global trends in engineering and technology.
Based on your decade-long experience, what should the engineering course be like?
Engineering is a fast-growing area of knowledge; thus, periodical revision of syllabuses is very significant incorporating some new trends innovated through meticulous inventions and research. This is the education that can give an individual self-employment opportunity by taking an initiation on their own.
Which programs of engineering are highly demanded and employable in global economy?
The job-market of technical manpower is not constant for a particular stream as the positions swing from time to time. The employability of graduates depends on the nature and status of the development of a particular country/ place and the requirement of the engineers. It is really unfair to speak in favor of a particular stream if one country has more demand of civil engineers; others may witness an increasing requirement of computer/ electrical engineers, which we have seen globally.
You have meticulously been observing the engineering programs of Pokhara University and other universities. What are the strengths of Pokhara University?
The syllabuses of Pokhara University are of global standards. The relative grading system itself is student-friendly where students are very fairly evaluated.
There is no provision of internship in the curricula of engineering education in Nepal. What is your view on this?
The engineering curricula of the university should ensure the privileges for student placements in some projects in their final year where they could be able to see how the theoretical knowledge is applied to hands-on projects, and how lab experiments are executed in the workplace.
The existing situation has been changed in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic threats; as a result, academic programs have been resumed physically. We are not sure whether we are going to suffer from the same devasted predicaments in the future. In your view, how should the teaching and learning activities be like in the days to come?
This is the digital age, and the world is going to operate digitally, so it is the demand of time that priority should be given to virtual education rather than delivery of class in the physical presence of students. The sooner we comply with the technology for our education delivery, the more convenient situations we can witness despite any sorts of pandemics or epidemics. Our experience and practices during the 1st and 2nd phases of Covid-19 pandemic regarding arrangement of online classes and semester end examinations proved that it is possible to facilitate our education impartation and exam assessments through virtual platforms which brought about a win-win situation to students, colleges and the university. However, some practical classes have been conducted in the post-covid time.
Could you tell us what Pokhara University should do to deliver its better academic services?
Maintenance of academic calendar is significant not only for the university also it is rewarding for the students and teachers. Even the Covid-19 pandemic could not disrupt the academic calendar of Pokhara University’s academic much owing to the arrangement of online examinations of final semesters by the university and the internal evaluation by the respective colleges. Pokhara University’s focus on research is also a commendable step. Continuity of these practices and periodical revision of syllabuses, organizing seminars/ workshops to facilitate the teachers a platform to share their experience and perspectives for the syllabus etc. are equally important. In addition, internship privileges should be ensured to graduates, which should be included in the syllabus of bachelor level engineering stream. These are some of the provisions which would enhance the academic quality of students and the height of Pokhara University.