Applicants queue up for No Objection Certification letter at Department of Scholarship in Keshar Mahal, Kathmandu.
Kathmandu, Jan 23
As Nepal government is prioritizing the quality national education, on the contrary ; the number of students are increasing enormously to search institutions for their higher education in foreign countries.
The “no objection letters” (NOC), a compulsary official document to present before an authority of applied country to receive the education, were issued by the ministry of education, Nepal, at a number of 1,08,354 students within a 22 months of fiscal year of 2074 / 2075. Whereas, in the last five year’s from 2066/2067 to Mangshir 30, 2073, a total of 146,870 students issued NOC.
The data shows that the students to go abroad were drastically increased from 32, 489, in 2072/2073 to 50,659 In the fiscal year 2073/74 BS .
Section Chief Devi Prasad Upadhyay Poudel that at an average numbers of 300 students are receiving no objection letter on a daily basis. This ratio has been increasing every year, he added. Chief of the section, Poudel stated that the students having required documents can get NOC letter in just one hour.
According to the data maintained by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Nepali students have now reached as many as 77 foreign countries for higher studies.
Attraction of Australia
The highest number of receiving NOC data shows that Australia is the first choice of Nepalese students. For Australia alone, 62,226 students have received approval for foreign study from 2074 to till to the date of current fiscal year.
Second priority is Japan, 16058, while USA is the third with 3783, and India the fourth having 3489 students. Whereas China comes in the fifth position with 3342 students.
Students participating in Australian Educational Fair in Hotel Annapurna. Photo by : Sanskriti Acharya
The latest data from the Department of Education and Training (October 2018) shows that there were 26,665 enrolments by Nepalese students in higher education in Australia, at public universities and in private higher education. Additionally, there were 18,316 enrolments by Nepalese students in vocational education and training and a further 4,028 Nepalese enrolments in schools, English language and other non-award courses. The total number of enrolled students was 49,009.
According to the data the highest percentage of Nepalese Enrolments were of male with 54% and 46% of female.
New South Wales has the highest number of Nepalese enrolments of the Australian states. Victoria is second most popular and Queensland is third. Statistics university-wise are not revealed publicly.
Popular areas of study for Nepalese students are Management and Commerce, Information Technology, Health, Engineering and Food and Hospitality.
According to Australian Embassy, Nepal sources, it is a common policy of Australian government to welcomes students from across the world into australian schools, universities and colleges.
Excellence of Australian education is to give priority on training and research believing that it translates benefits and opportunities at the interest of the students from Australia and across the world as well. The emabassy also stated that, “We equip students to be productive by enhancing their skills, knowledge and attitudes at a global level and making them aware and confident to face the challenges of tomorrow. This is how Australia has become the world’s third most popular destination of international students”.
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