The education exhibition ‘Eduquest’ from August 3-5, may have met some exhibitors’ expectations, but for most it was a let down. There were less number of stalls, and the ones put up lacked variety and appeal and less students visited the fair.
“There are less stalls and very less options. I just completed my +2, but could hardly find subjects catering to my interests,” said a visitor Madhukar Shrestha.
According to some exhibitors, the less response owed to late timing of exhibition, relatively less aggressive publicity, and less number of stalls. Nonetheless, some exhibitors said subjects like Biotech, Nursing, MBA, Acting and Direction, Engineering, and Aeronautics received good response.
Said exhibitor Ramesh Joshi, admission officer, Indo-Asian Academy, “Nursing and Bio-tech are hot subjects for students visiting our stall.”
There was a notable presence of colleges from India and China. Some students also opted for on-the-spot admissions in few colleges.
The organisers themselves were not happy with the response.
“We are not sure of the reason for the low turnout. Perhaps, it had to do a little with the timing,” said Milan Gyawali, managing director, Speed International Private Limited, which organised the event. “We will definitely seek suggestions and do better next time,” he assured.