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Hari C. Lamichhane is the Founder Principal of Capital College & Research Center (CCRC). He believes that CCRC College, itself is his identity since the college has the legacy of 22 years of academic excellence. Mr. Lamichhane has shared his view on the present status of +2 education, role of CCRC College in the delivery of quality education and the things to be considered before embarking on enrollment in a college and pursing a particular subject as a major. Excerpts:

It is obvious that the attraction of students in ten-plus-two education has increased significantly due to contributions of private sector. You have more than a two-decade involvement in private sector education and have gained a phenomenal experience of it. Could you please share with us an account of contributions of private colleges to the development of education in Nepal?

In the initial phase, the +2 education was out of the coverage of the government. School education up to class 10 was in the grip of the government and proficiency level was included in the university education. In such a condition, the government invited private sector for investing in +2 level education. As a result, we invested a huge capital and human resources with an aim of controlling the flow of students going for foreign study. In this regard, the private ten-plus-two educational institutions have made tremendous contributions to the delivery of quality education, controlling the outflow of capital and stopping students from going to foreign lands for higher education. So, all these phenomena corroborate the fact that there is an increasing charm in ten-plus-two education.

It is heard that HSEB had adopted one door policy for overall educational activities, monitoring and evaluation due to which there had been an appealing charm in ten-plus-two education before the conversion of HSEB in NEB. Following the conversion, NEB is limited to some areas only which is the reason why the attraction is decreasing. How do you analyze this the decline in status?

The policy of the government was slightly changed that resulted in consistency in some system. In those days, the focus of HSEB was only on ten-plus-two education, but after the conversion of HSEB in NEB, its occupancy has extended to the entire school level education. This could be true that due to the widened spectrum of NEB, it seems that the charm has dwindled, but in reality, its attraction is ever growing.

CCRC has been one of the leading education institutions in Nepal for more than two decades. How do you acknowledge the achievements of your college graduates and what is the number of those graduates?

According to the college statistics, as many as 30 thousand students have already completed their graduation from CCRC who have demonstrated convincing working caliber in the leading positions in various fields, such as medical, engineering, banking, socio-political, IT and international organizations. It’s a great deal of pride that we’ve managed to achieve such an outstanding result along with widespread involvement of our alumni in national and international organizations.

Regarding the phenomenal achievements of our students, they secured the top-most position three times in the entrance exam conducted by Pulchowk Engineering College in 2074, 2077 and 2078 BS. No colleges have made such hat-trick in the forty years of entrance history of Pulchowk Engineering College.  One of our students, Narayan Shah, had obtained 137.38 out of 140. Moreover, in the IOM exam conducted by the TU Teaching Hospital and Research Center, three students were selected only from our college, which is also a kind of hat-trick in the history of IOM exam.

The CCRC students have broken all types of records with their highest marks in entrance examinations. Similarly, five students have been awarded Jagadamba full scholarship to pursue medical course at Calcutta Medical College, India. We also experienced the most prestigious moment when Ruchee Bhatta, the only scholar from Nepal, was awarded a scholarship worth 4.5 crore to study engineering at MIT of Harvard University, which is the topmost engineering institute of the world as Pulchwok Engineering College is in Nepal. Furthermore, our students have been honored by the President of Nepal as ten-plus-two board toppers.

Could you share with us more successive stories that resulted in a charismatic escalation of the name and fame of CCRC?

There are various favorable factors behind this success. First of all, we enroll students on the basis of their meritorious performance in the entrance examinations. Secondly, we provide supplementary professional courses along with academic courses from grade 11. The purpose of student enrollment is different here since our students are admitted not only for a certificate also for life-changing professional skills that lead them to award-winning career.

All the colleges are established with an aim of delivering quality and rise in the beginning, but very few of them can maintain their legacy perpetually. CCRC College is successful in maintaining its flagship till the date. In your experience, what should be done to maintain the never-ending legacy?

The dedication of the institution head and untiring efforts of both teaching and management team are key to success. We have developed a partnership culture, and our team has been able to create a milestone in academic excellence and institutional development.

It is alleged that all the colleges have not maintained uniformity in scholarship distribution. What should be done to maintain uniformity in this?

The scholarship suggested by the government and the local level is applied for the same framework. However, internal scholarships provided by an individual college are found distinctive. It is because of the specific criteria set by those individual colleges. So, it’s not reasonable to interfere in the internal system of individual college since all the colleges are providing scholarship as per the government policy to fulfill their corporate responsibility.

In spite of thorough counseling of colleges, a dilemma is seen among SEE graduates about choosing a right college and subject. Based on your experience, what are the things to be considered before the enrollment?

In my view, the students should choose the subject based on their self-interest and scope of the subject in the global market. They should choose such a college which satisfies their aspiration. Besides these, before the enrollment, students should analyze the past results, state of placement and satisfaction of students of previous class, academic environment, physical infrastructure, fee structure of the college etc. The students should not run after ostentatious adverts of colleges.

What suggestions would you like to convey to SEE graduates and their guardians the Founder Principal of CCRC college?

 I would like to suggest they choose a right college and right subject to achieve an academic success. In addition, CCRC is one of the leading colleges of Nepal which accommodates as many as 1000 students in an intake in science faculty and around 500 in management faculty. The enrollment system of college is entrance exam merit-basis conducted by college. Last year, we selected only 500 students out of 1200 applicants. It shows the attraction of students in CCRC college. So, I suggest they should visit the college and confirm their enrollment.

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