Why is the number of ‘educated unemployed’ in Nepal increasing by the day? Graduates are struggling to land good jobs while organizations, both public and private, are failing to fill their vacancies. Is our academia incapable of producing 21st-century manpower? Are our businesses and industries not investing enough in human resource development? Or is it the state’s failure to come up with the right policies, programs and incentives?
The education-job mismatch is not the only problem with the Nepali economy. Our enterprises don’t seem to value research and development or staff-training. And most of them don’t look beyond their own business; a national vision is missing. The academia finds itself hobbled by constant political meddling, which has prevented the growth and development of government education institutions on which the vast majority of Nepalis depend. Meanwhile, education has not been the focus of any of the recent governments, all of which were characterized by bitter political tussles.
Even as the country faces all these problems, there is little dialogue between the stakeholders in the government, academia and economy. We here at The Annapurna Express believe that when these sectors align, the country moves towards development but even a little non-alignment between them can disrupt the entire system.
In the absence of dialogue between them, the three sectors are often pursuing other own, often contradictory, goals.
The ‘ApEx Triangle Conference: Let’s discuss the future of Nepal’ (November 25-27) is a platform to get these stakeholders talking, hashing out their differences so that they can work in mutually beneficial ways.
In six sessions spread over three days, we will have representatives from political parties, MPs, student leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, college and university teachers, plus our education planners and policymakers discussing the gaps in their communication, their future vision for Nepal, entrepreneurship, leadership, and policy issues. This vital conversation cannot be put off any more.
So, join us and hear them. Be a part of this initiative.
For more information: https://theannapurnaexpress.com/thetriangleconference