The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) and the Government of Nepal through the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training organized an In-Country Program on Capacity Building in Research and Development in TVET. The program was held from October 24-28, 2016 at the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) in Kathmandu. A total of 40 trainers, administrators and TVET practitioners attended the program.
The program was organized with the view that research and development is an investment in a company's or organization's future. This trajectory is also consistent with the ongoing multi-dimensional transformation of TVET systems in Asia which is characterized by the increasing demands in terms of technical skills, technological usage and efficient networking.
In this context, R&D capability helps TVET institutions in the formulation of policies and development practices to increase job prospects of TVET graduates and growth opportunities. It also helps TVET administrators and teachers in reviewing existing policies and institutional structure and arrangements. It allows TVET institutions to better assimilate knowledge and technology developed elsewhere.
The program aimed at enabling the participants to understand the need for an R&D and comprehend the domains of research and development in the TVET system. The ICP was also designed to build the capacity of the participants in formulating research framework and instruments, writing research report and preparing a research proposal that will be applied to their respective projects or initiatives.
Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, Director General of CPSC and Mr. Ramesh Kumar Bakhati, Acting Member Secretary of CTEVT supervised the overall management of the program. Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Seconded Faculty Consultant and Mr. Tek Bahadur Malla, Director, Technical Division, CTEVT, coordinated the program preparations. They were assisted by Mr. Mohan Bahadur Karki, Senior Technical Officer of CTEVT. The five-day program was inaugurated by Mr. Dhaniram Paudel, Honorable Minister of Education of Nepal.
Resource Persons who shared their expertise and knowledge on the topic included Prof. Pramod B. Shrestha, Ph.D, former Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Engineering in Tribhuvan University, Prof. Dr. Mahesh Nath Parajuli, Dean of the School of Education in Kathmandu University and Dr. Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, Assistant Professor of the School of Education in Kathmandu University.
The program also included a trip to Kathmandu University, one of the premiere universities in the country and a model for R & D instruction.
A national seminar was also organized during the program titled "TVET Beyond 2015". The seminar opened areas for the deliberation of policy initiatives, strategies, work plans and practices in the direction of the country's TVET beyond the year 2015. The seminar was inaugurated by Dr. Kul Bahadur Basnet, Vice Chairperson, CTEVT on October 27, 2016.
The directions for TVET set by Nepal is anchored on the results and recommendations of the Millennium Development Goals which specifically states the role of skills training in fully capitalizing sustainable development initiatives and strategies. The seminar also aimed to elucidate different strategies and approaches towards sustainable development of TVET systems, identify and examine issues, challenges in integrating concepts of sustainable development in TVET.
Sixty (60) professionals and guests from CTEVT and various institutions in Nepal came to the event and learned from wide-ranging topics discussed in the seminar. Some of these topics were APACC accreditation, recognition of prior learning, sustainable development goals and its role in the Nepalese government's policy framework, public-private partnership and the integration of ICT in TVET.
Key speakers included: Dr. Lamichhane, Dr. Kul Bahadur Basnet, CTEVT Nepal Vice Chairperson, Dr. Hari Lamsal, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Nepal, Prof. Dr. Shrestha and Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel.