The NQF together with NVQF was approved by the GoN on 03 May 2020.
As NVQS development and implementation is time intensive system, there is a need of further clarity among related stakeholders about how to take the implementation of NVQS forward and make it work in the most effective way. There can be a great learning for Nepal from the countries who have already implemented NVQS and benefitted from the system. Consultation with different international TVET experts can also be helpful.
To educate and increase further understanding of NVQS among key stakeholders, CTEVT/NSTB and Nepal Vocational Qualifications System Project (NVQS-P) organized a webinar to provide insights on how NVQS was developed and implemented in Cambodia. Prof. Dr. Sriram Bhagut Mathe who has an extensive experience of working in the TVET sector in Cambodia and other countries shared his experience, learnings, and recommendations for implementation of NVQS.
The webinar was moderated by Ms. Swarnima Shrestha, Communication and Knowledge Management Specialist, NVQS-P. She started the event by welcoming everyone and handed over to the Director of NSTB, Mr. Tek Bahadur Malla, who provided a welcome speech and made a brief introduction to the event and shared its objectives. The session was chaired by the Vice Chairperson, CTEVT, Mr. Khagendra Prasad Adhikari. There was also valuable participation of the Member Secretary of CTEVT, Mr. Jeeb Narayan Kafle, along with all the Directors of CTEVT, TITI including from the provinces. Other participants of the event were Unit heads and key officials from NSTB and key officials from NVQS-P. There was a presence of 32 participants in the program.
Presentation by the Expert Speaker:
The main highlight of the event was the presentation made by Prof. Dr. Sriram Bhagut Mathe, on the topic of webinar. Dr. Mathe is a retired Professor of Architecture and former Dean of Institute of Engineering (IOE), Tribhuvan University (TU), is currently the Chairperson of Xavier Academy and Kathmandu Don Bosco College. He has also been teaching and working as a national and international consultant for more than 46 years in and outside of Nepal. He is currently working in Cambodia as the International Team Leader of one education and two TVET projects financed by Asian Development Bank. In Cambodia, he has been instrumental in initiating several far-reaching reforms primarily in the TVET sector including qualifications system development and implementation, working very closely with Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training through Directorate General of TVET.
The main objective of Dr. Mathe’s presentation was to introduce and share the experiences and learnings of implementation of VQS in Cambodia so that the lessons can be helpful for the implementation of NVQS in Nepal. He also talked about the importance of TVET in the global context and highlighted the overall difference in the development context between Nepal and Cambodia. He then explained about Cambodia’s TVET journey and the development as well as implementation of Cambodia’s Qualifications Framework. He further went on to share the lessons that Nepal can learn from Cambodia’s TVET journey and at the end provided some recommendations for the implementation of NVQS in Nepal.
Questions and Answers Session:
After the presentation, the floor was made open for participants to ask their questions or for any comments. Participants asked relevant questions on the subject and Dr. Mathe addressed the questions after collecting all the queries. Summary of the questions asked, and corresponding responses from Dr. Mathe are captured below:
Questions from the audience
Response from the expert presenter
During the closing of the program, Mr. Jeeb Narayan Kafle, Member Secretary of CTEVT thanked the presenter for sharing his extensive practical experience on the subject that has provided excellent reference and learning for us to work further in NVQS implementation.
At the end, the program was concluded with remarks from the Chair of the event Mr. K. P. Adhikari, Vice Chairperson of CTEVT. He expressed the importance of political commitment for the implementation of Vocational Qualifications System in any country. He acknowledged the responsibility of CTEVT as the apex TVET body in the country for the implementation of National Vocational Qualifications System in Nepal. He closed the event thanking the presenter and organizer of the event.