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Law unclear on foreign-linked colleges



The Ministry of Education has urged the students and guardians to be cautious over the colleges affiliated to foreign universities that are operating in Nepal without the ministry´s approval.

Among 66 foreign-affiliated colleges operating here, nine have started admission on additional programs that have not been approved by the ministry. Lord Buddha Education Foundation has been running Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program without ministry´s authorization. Kings College has been conducting Flexi-MBA and MBA-entrepreneurship without getting ministry´s approval, according to ministry spokesman Janardan Nepal.

Similarly, British College, Institute of Int´l Management Science, Int´l School of Management and Technology, Sunway Int´l Business School, Institute of Banking and Management Studies, Softwarica College of IT & E-commerce and Padmashree Int´l College are among the colleges that have opened admissions and have been publishing advertisments for the courses they have not received permission from the ministry.

According to ministry officials, such colleges´ registration can be scrapped but the legal procedure takes time. “We have to issue several notices in 15 days gap warning the colleges. So the students and the guardians themselves have to be careful about the legal status of the colleges because degrees from such colleges will not be recognized,” said ministry spokesman Nepal. He said the ministry has already published notices twice in the print media warning such colleges.

Meanwhile, five other colleges have recently opened admission for Bachelor and Masters´ levels without government approval. “Phoenix Int´l College (Bizuli Bazar), Acer Int´l College (Lokanthali) and Skylark College (Putalisadak) have been found opening admission for BBA and MBA degrees without prior government approval,” said Nepal.

Similarly, Garnish College (Basundhara) and Mid-valley College (Maitidevi) have also opened admissions for courses such as Bachelor of Hotel Management and MBA without government approval.

Spokesman Nepal said the government lacks specific law to penalize such colleges operating without government approval. “The existing Education Act 1971 lacks clear provision to check such lawbreakers,” said Nepal. A bill to amend the act was pending in the then parliament.

Sudhir Kumar Jha, managing director of the Presidential Business School said that the wrong deeds of few can ruin the image of all the private colleges operating in Nepal under foreign universities´ affiliation. “Some unscrupulous people are jeopardizing students´ career,” Jha said.

 Source: Republica Daily

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Published on 2012-09-19 03:51:42

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