Kathmandu University School of Education launched three books at a programme here yesterday.

The books were published by the alumni of Masters in Technical and Vocational Education and Training programme of KUSOED that was launched in 2018. KUSOED Dean Prof Bal Chandra Luitel, Gandaki Province Ministry of Finance Secretary Baikuntha Prasad Aryal and CTEVET Vice-chair Khagendra Prasad Adhikari launched three books on different dimensions of skill enhancement for economic development.

Books written by Anil Muni Bajracharya, Sunila Baniya and Bikash Ghaju are based on their research work carried out on important specific dimension of technical and vocational education in Nepal. Delivering a welcome speech, Prof Mahesh Nath Parajuli, principal lead of the TVET4 Income project, said that the research findings must contribute to the policy decisions. "The intention of the book launch was to reach as many people as possible with important research findings and bridge the gap between academia and policymakers," he highlighted.

Prof Luitel stressed the importance of the preparation of TVET instructors and TVET managers in order to address the needs of the Nepali TVET sector which has around 70,000 TVET students at present. The Dean also shed light on how KUSOED has already enrolled around 200 students to prepare them as TVET instructors.

Aryal encouraged other learners and students to give their research findings the shape of book as such findings provide a background for further research and actions leading to development of the country.

Adhikari shared how TVET was not prioritised for years, but now its importance is clear because getting employment has become challenging, and practical skills required for performing certain tasks will enable people to either go for employment or start their own enterprises.

Author of the book titled 'Employer's Involvement in Pre-Diploma TVET Curriculum Development' in Nepal', Bajracharya, conducted his research to find why the employers' demands are not met by the skills of graduates. He found that meaningful employers' involvement was missing in the curriculum design phase.

Author of the book titled 'Use of Acquired Skills by Returnee Labor Migrants in the Home Country: A Survey in Nepal', Baniya was curious to learn about the skills brought by the returnee migrants and their integration to prevent the cyclical nature of migration.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 10, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.