My strategic frameworks will show gateways to solutions for existing problems

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TR Dhakal, the Founder Principal of Advanced International Model School (AIMS School) and AIMS International College, is a pioneer academician who has spent almost 26 years with various PABSON leaders. Right after completion of his school degree, his move to Kathmandu for higher studies has been a milestone in acquiring academic excellence.

Having started his academic career in 2048 BS, he has been involved in PABSON for more than 25 years. He has shown his phenomenal achievements while working with PABSON as Secretary and President of District Committee, and General Secretary and Vice President of the Central Committee.

Mr. Dhakal has declared his candidacy for the post of Vice President in the 15th National Convention although he has many reasons to claim for Co-President. He has shared his view with College Readers. Excerpts:

Could you share with us your journey to the PABSON and the academia?

I started my journey of PABSON from 2052BS. I had declared my candidacy for the post of Secretary to Lalitpur District PABSON, but I was defeated. Then I was elected for the same position in the next convention. Then, I was unanimously elected the president of the District Executive Committee of Lalitpur PABSON for two tenures.  Similarly, I was elected the General Secretary of Central Committee PABSON in 2064 during the tenure of Bhoj Bahadur Shah. After then, I refrained from the executive role for some years but remained as an advisor. Currently, I am the Vice President of this organization.

You have gained 25 years of experience working with PABSON. How is your comparative analysis regarding this organization?

The PABSON has peerless identity in the professional movement. The organization has made invaluable contributions to the development and institutionalization of private education. But it was compelled to fight for the existence and the assurance of investment security private sector investors since its establishment until today. It has brought all the private schools to the same umbrella. In addition, it is working for the development of education in Nepal with the efforts of private sector. In addition, it has made valuable contributions to the advent of technical education in Nepal.

What do you think about electing the PABSON leaders unanimously from the 15th National Convention?

The private schools are fighting for life or death due to the lack of sustainable private-institution-friendly government policies. The new committee should be able to find out the solution to these problems by lobbing with the government.  For achieving this, all the members of private schools should be united and form a unanimous team. So, it is the need of time to be united and bring unanimous leadership with the mandate of solving the existing problems in negotiation with the government.  

PABSON has been lobbying with the stakeholders and the government in order to improve educational policies which seem discriminatory. What should the new committee do to ensure an amicable settlement of disputes with the government in the future?

The further responsibility of the new committee can be categorized in three layers:

  1. Introducing globally developed trends of education in Nepal
  2. Formulating plans to diminish the brain-drain predicaments
  3. Enhancing and promoting Nepalese model education 

In the present days, in most European and American countries, education is connected with knowledge, skill and profession but not with ethics. In the past, eastern education was fully based on knowledge and ethics. So, we should develop Nepalese model education by connecting it with knowledge, skill, technology and work for livelihood incorporating our rich and varied cultures so as to connect our students with profession with cultural and moral values. In my view, education adhere to the transformation of life and value.

Based on your entailment is PABSON, what challenges have you experienced which need to be resolved soon?

Political parties and their student’s wings are not clear about the contributions of private schools to the education sphere. So, it is challenging for us to convince them for their entailment in national education framework including private sector. Similarly, ambiguous policies of the government and mediocre bureaucracy are other challenges. In addition, convincing the government about the contributions of private educational institutions for the preparation of private friendly education policy is other strenuous challenge.

You have declared the candidacy for Vice President although you are keenly interested in leading PABSON as Co-president. What’s your logic behind this strategy?

I was given the tertiary hierarchy in the 14th National Convention; so, my claim is for the post of Co-president. But I am ready to accept the mandate of the assembly since my prime concern is to choose the capable leaders to solve the existing problems, and I am in favor of electing the Central Committee members unanimously. So, considering the real situation, I have declared my candidacy for the post of Vice President again. I am sure my fellows will give me an opportunity to serve PABSON again as I am committed to working efficiently to seek gateways to existing problems.

What suggestions would you like to convey to the participants in the 15th National Convention?

First of all, I would like to extend my warm welcome to all the delegates of the National Convention. It is our grand festival where our raptures and ruptures are shared, and we will reach a conclusion to go ahead in unison. So, I enjoy joining the National Convention. Likewise, I wish all of them for their short comfortable and meaningful stay in Kathmandu. Finally, I appeal to them to choose robust leadership that can solve all the existing problems owing to private schools.  

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