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United Technical College is a top-notch college in the field of engineering education. To what extent has the college fulfilled the objective of its establishment?

United Technical College, affiliated to Pokhara University, was established with an aim to impart pure engineering and technical education in 2067 BS. It is located in Bharatpur-11, Chitwan. The major objective of the establishment of the college was to produce engineers for various engineering disciplines and to conduct different types of research studies, conferences and seminars in the issues of national interests in engineering sectors with mobilizing wide partnership of governmental and non-governmental sectors.

It is growing rapidly to achieve the Centre of Academic Excellence in technical education in the country and has made phenomenal growth during a short span of time. Currently, the college offers 96 seats for BE civil, 48 seats for BE electrical and Electronics, 48 seats for BE Computer, and 15 seats for MSc. Construction Management in each intake, which we take twice in a year: in winter and in spring (all together 30 seats). We are going to launch other 2 programs in bachelor level and 2 in master’s level, which are in pipelines.

We have created a direct job opportunity to a large number of skilled human resources and our graduates have high demand in the market. So, I am fully satisfied with our academic journey and think that almost all our objectives have been fulfilled, particularly in the sense of delivering quality education with passion and confidence and job placements.

United Technical College offers engineering programs of Pokhara University. These programs are also offered by other colleges. Why do you claim that the students should study in your college for such courses?

United Technical College has some unique features which distinguish it from its contemporary institutions. It has sufficient and spacious physical infrastructures fully loaded with modern equipment. Our teachers are dedicated and adroit in their related subjects. We have also witnessed highly efficient and visionary management team and good coordination among the students, tutors and the management team. We equally give focus on classroom activities, library work and field work. Our students gain knowledge from the classroom activities, test it in lab and gain work experience from the related fields.

How are the prospects of engineering programs in the job landing sectors globally? What are the parameters set by your college for the assessment of quality education?

We produce not only job seekers but also job creators. Our focus is on creativity and research. Classroom activities, lab and work experience in the field go together. In fact, engineering course is easy to get admission in but difficult to complete successfully. Our students are fully guided, instructed and instilled human values. So, they can easily get a success upon completing their course with practical knowledge. Hence, our graduates have demonstrated their outstanding performance in the job market as well as in the field of entrepreneurship. Many of them are running engineering lab and consultancy offices. Some of them have been recruited by NGOs and INGOs and government. So, there are high prospects of job opportunities and employment.

Engineering education is fully a practical-based education; however, the Covid-19 pandemic hindered the physical classes which consequently sabotaged practical work physically. How did you adjust this barrier through virtual method?

We managed it tactfully. We conducted online practical classes which made easier for us to have them successfully. Now, we are conducting the remaining practical courses physically. During the pandemic we consulted both native and foreign experts and boosted confidence of our faculty teachers and pupils.

The Covid-19 pandemic compelled us to comply with online teaching replenishing the pre-existing physical classes, but it seems normal now. However, we are not sure that the pandemic will disappear soon. What are your plans to go ahead amid such unforeseen pandemic and epidemic crises that may reappear in the future?

Nepal’s education trend is still customary. We (Nepalese people) only focus on classroom lectures. So, we should change the existing trend and adopt maiden strategies in the changing settings. We have learnt a great lesson from the pandemic and learnt to adopt an alternative way to cope with such challenges. We have also learned a lesson from the American, European and Australian trends in education deliverance. Pokhara University has set an example of conducting free and fair virtual exams. If we run techno-friendly teaching and learning methods, we can arrange visiting professors from any renowned university of the world and facilitate them to share their learned expertise with the educationists of Nepal. As a result, our technological practices are mature enough to resist any kinds of pandemic forces. Despite the fact that we have set priorities to physical teaching and learning activities in a favorable atmosphere, if the situation becomes stand-offish for physical classes, we are well-trained and have managed all kinds of resources to conduct our activities virtually.

In your experience, what are the strengths of engineering programs of Pokhara University?

Pokhara University is a well-trusted university for its engineering education. It has some strengths, such as practical focus, fair and meritorious exam system, fair and timely scheduled results, proper monitoring from the University’s VC, Rector, Dean etc. to its constituent and affiliated colleges. In conclusion, the monitoring, instruction, evaluation and controlling mechanisms of the University are highly commendable.

What should Pokhara University do to systematize and smoothen its existing programs to go ahead more effectively?

We had consented to the provision of giving equal status to the teachers teaching at both constituent and affiliated colleges when I was in the senate, so it should be implemented as soon as possible by preparing certain criteria. The contributions of private sector are significant to the impartation of quality education, so, our teachers should also be given a rank, such as professor, readers and lecturer as the University give it to its constituent colleges. Similarly, the University should implement the provision of running engineering, health and management programs in separate buildings to avoid the discrimination of inferiority and superiority among the teachers having the same qualifications.

How is the trend of brain-drain amid agriculture-related human resources? Have you ever realized that you have produced human resources only for sending to foreign swathes?

We think our products are saleable in the global market. They are bringing huge amount of foreign currency as a remittance. Our engineer earns as much as two lakh even in a Gulf country. The unskilled workers earn about 20 thousand in the same country. So, I am content with our results and production since we are able to produce skilled human resources that are employed in the global market.

What message would you like to convey to ten-plus-two graduates?

First of all, the students should be determined to decide on their dream destination based on their aptitude and choose a college by surfing a considerable number of websites and visiting virtual Edu Fair as well as by getting feedback from previous batch students.

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