Govt set to establish NIET

Kathmandu, November 10

Nepal government is all set to establish National Institute of Engineering and Technology with the aim of developing it into a world-class university.

Ministry of Education in association with Asian Development Bank is organising a three-day workshop on world-class universities to discuss establishment of NIET with experts.

Organising a press conference here today, Education Minister Dhaniram Paudel said the workshop will be held from November 16-18 in Kathmandu. “The NIET has been envisioned as an autonomous body, which can grant educational degrees,” he said, adding that it, however, would not grant affiliation to other educational institutions.

Officials from National University of Singapore, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, University of Science Malaysia and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Asian Development Bank will share their expert views in the workshop.

Appropriate form of governance for the institute, strategies for long-term financial management, subjects of research and studies, priorities and strategies to attract outstanding professors and students in the institutions are the key issues to be discussed in the workshop.

Ministers and former ministers, lawmakers, incumbent and former members of National Planning Commission, secretaries from various ministries, and representatives from private sectors and development partners will also participate in the workshop.