TU starts MPhil in education

Kathmandu, August 16, 2005

The Tribhuvan University (TU) has started courses on MPhil in Education from this academic session with the view to produce more researchers with quality training for higher education. The classes on the course have started since a week ago with 28 students who had passed Masters in Education. Professor Dr Bidyanath Koirala, coordinator, MPhil programme, said the TU has produced students with the best theoretical knowledge, but it lacks properly-trained researches. The new course would cater to the need of trained researchers, he said. “Earlier, the result was very poor when it came to the pass rate of PhD students,” said Koirala, adding: “With the registration of 50 students, only two students used to get the degree.” “We are hopeful that with the introduction of MPhil degree, the pass rate in doctorate-level will also increase.” “Our course of study is focussed on comparative study of western literature to that of eastern literature, research methodology and learning process by doing.” The programme is a three-semester course with a time frame of one-and-a half year. TU rector Dr Mahendra Singh said such programmes would help build confidence among the doctorate-level students in research methodology and they would not need to go abroad to get MPhil degree.

How effective is Indian aid to Nepal?

The fact is that India has been providing huge amounts of aid to Nepal during the last five decades. However, its effectiveness has never been evaluated at a micro level. This may in due course of time leave both countries at odds, when it comes to strengthening bilateral relationship in socio-economic spheres. Indian aid to Nepal’s priority sectors has been injected but its sustainability is questionable, considering its execution, selection of projects, ownership and impact and sustainability. Senior economists and experts are convinced that Indian aid has multiplier effects on Nepal’s human resource development, transportation, communication, irrigation, water resources and science and technology. Therefore, their only fear is that, if aid’s effectiveness is not analysed in time, the efficacy and importance of Indian aid would remain ‘marginalised’. A recent study carried out jointly by Prof Bishwambher Pyakuryal, Prof Madan Kumar Dahal and Dadhi Adhikari on “An Inquiry into the Indian Aid Policy to Nepal” has particularly questioned the effectiveness of Indian aid to Nepal in increasing Nepal’s productivity and economic opportunities for the poor. Moreover, the study has sought the role of aid in developing human resources by implementing social investment policies and inenhancing institutional capability and promote good governance in Nepal.