A total of 48 participants coming from the different parts of Nepal gathered at the premises of the Training Institute for Technical Instruction (TITI) in Kathmandu for a five-day special in-country program and training on Strategic Planning for Management Excellence from October 24-28, 2018. The program was organized in collaboration with the Council of Technical Vocational Training (CTEVT).

The program elaborated on strategic management as a process for setting both long-term and short-term strategic directions for the organization. The central thrust was to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage since strategic management is the process of ‘strategic decision making’. It is expected that by learning the process of strategic planning and management, a systematic way of carrying the interrelated activities is undertaken to obtain desired goals and objectives of particular institutions.

Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, a former CTEVT member secretary and the present Director General of CPSC, was the program coordinator and supervisor, along with Mr. Pushpa Raman Wagle, the present CTEVT member secretary. Mr. Anoj Bhattarai, the Director of Technical Division of CTEVT, acted as the local coordinator while Mr. Rae Emmanuel Echaveria, the Research, Information and Publications Officer of the Colombo Plan Staff College, acted as a Resource Person of the program.

The opening ceremony of the program was graced by some of the high officials of CTEVT such as the Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Khaga Raj Baral and Vice Chairperson of CTEVT Dr. Kul Bahadur Basnet. In their opening speeches, the officials mentioned that the strategic planning exercise and skills is imperative to all 45 constituent schools of CTEVT and is an important component in ensuring the implementation of an effective TVET for the future. They also encouraged that the participants will place planning at the top of their agenda for it is said that "If you are not driving in the proper row the destination is not sure".

The five-day event focused on the crafting of the vision, mission, goals, objectives, strategies and institutional development plans, which will be used as inputs by the participants in creating a strategic plan for their institutions. Overall, the program was well-received and was recognized for being a timely initiative of CPSC to improve the implementation of Nepal’s TVET system.

The officials of the Special ICP Program during the lighting of the “Panas”: Mr. Anoj Bhattarai (Director of Technical Division, CTEVT and Program Coordinator), Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane (CPSC Director General), Mr. Khaga Raj Baral (Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology), Mr. Kul Bahadur Basnet (CTEVT Vice Chairperson) and Mr. Pushpa Raman Wagle (CTEVT Member Secretary)

Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane (left) presenting the overview of the Strategic Planning to the participants.

Some of the officials and participants during the photo session after the opening ceremony

Pictures from the classroom sessions of the program