Education in Nepal
|Ministry of Education|
|National education budget (2006)|
August 9, 1971
January 28, 2004
1Source of information: Ministry of Education website
Modern education in Nepal began with the establishment of the first school in 1853; this school was only for the members of the ruling families and their courtiers. Schooling for the general people began only after 1951 when a popular movement ended the autocratic Rana family regime and initiated a democratic system. Since then, there has been a dramatic expansion of education facilities in the country. As a result, adult literacy (age 15+) of the country was reported to be 60.3% (female: 46.3%, male: 73%) in a 2010 population census, up from about 5% in 1952–54. Beginning from about 300 schools and two colleges with about 10,000 students in 1951, there now are 49,000 schools (including higher secondary), 415 colleges, five universities, and two academies of higher studies. Altogether 7.2 million students are enrolled in those schools and colleges who are served by more than 222,000 teachers.
Despite such examples of success, there are problems and challenges. Education management, quality, relevance, and access are some of the critical issues of education in Nepal. Societal disparities based on gender, ethnicity, location, economic class, etc. are yet to be eliminated. Resource crunch has always been a problem in education. These problems have made the goal of education for all a challenge for the country.
The Ministry of Education is the apex body responsible for initiating and managing education activities in the country. The Minister of Education, assisted by the State/Assistant Minister, provides political leadership to the Ministry. The Ministry, as a part of the government bureaucracy, is headed by the Secretary of Education and consists of the central office, various functional offices, and offices located at the regional and district levels. The Central Office or the Ministry is mainly responsible for policy development, planning and monitoring, and evaluation regarding different aspects of education.
With a purpose of bringing education administration nearer to the people, the Ministry has established five Regional Directorates and 75 District Education Offices in five development regions and 75 districts respectively. These decentralized offices are responsible for overseeing nonformal and school-level education activities in their respective areas. Regional Directorates are mainly responsible for coordinating and monitoring and evaluation of education activities and the District Education Offices are the main implementing agencies.
NCED is an apex body for teacher training in Nepal. There are 34 Educational Training Centers (ETCs) under NCED to support the teachers in pedagogical areas.
Education in Nepal is structured as school education and higher education. School education includes primary level of grades 1–5, lower secondary and secondary levels of grades 6–8 and 9–10 respectively. Pre-primary level of education is available in some areas. Six years old is the prescribed age for admission into grade one. A national level School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examination is conducted at the end of grade 10.
Grades 11 and 12 are considered as higher secondary level. Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) supervises higher secondary schools which are mostly under private management. Previously these grades were under the university system and were run as proficiency certificate level. Though some universities still offer these programs, the policy now is to integrate these grades into the school system.
Higher education consists of bachelor, masters, and PhD levels. Depending upon the stream and subject, bachelors level may be of three to five years' duration. The duration of masters level is generally two years. Some universities offer programs like M Phil and post-graduate diplomas.
Legally, there are two types of school in the country: community and institutional. Community schools receive regular government grants whereas institutional schools are funded by school's own or other non-governmental sources. Institutional schools are organized either as a non-profit trust or as a company. However, in practical terms, schools are mainly of two types: public (community) and private (institutional).
A third type of school is the kind run by the local people enthusiastic toward having a school in their locality. They do not receive regular government grants and most of them do not have any other sustainable financial source. Supported and managed by the local people, they can be thus identified as the real community schools.
Except one, all universities/academies are publicly managed and are supported by public source fund. However, public universities also provide affiliation to private colleges. Two academies of higher education are single college institutes whereas other universities have constituent and affiliated colleges across the country.*
Years in schools, colleges and universities
- Lower Kindergarten (LKG)
- Upper Kindergarten (UKG)
- First Grade
- Second Grade
- Third Grade
- Fourth Grade
- Fifth Grade
- Sixth Grade
- Seventh Grade
- Eighth Grade
- Ninth Grade
- Tenth Grade - SLC (School Leaving Certificate) (A test based on Tenth Grade study. To appear in SLC exam the student must complete pre-test exam of Tenth Grade based on SLC exam pattern.)
- 10+2 (Intermediate Level) (Two years)
- Bachelors (three or four years)
- Masters (two years)
Medical Colleges in Nepal
Medical colleges in Nepal are spread over various parts of the country. Most of these medical colleges in Nepal are in the private sector, although there are some government medical colleges too. Admission of local students to these medical colleges in Nepal is done generally through an entrance test. However foreign students are admitted on the basis of their performance in a personal interview. In order to be eligible for admission to the MBBS courses of Nepal’s medical colleges, one needs to pass the higher secondary examination in science or its equivalent. Medical education in Nepal is regulated by the Medical Council of Nepal. Apart from giving recognition to the medical colleges in Nepal, it also conducts the licensing examination for providing registration to the new doctors. It is also responsible for making policies related to curriculum, admission, term and examination system of teaching institute of medical education and to make recommendation for cancellation of registration and approved by renewing and evaluating such system/procedure.
Chitwan Medical College, cmc.edu.np
Gandaki Medical College, gmc.edu.np
National Academy of Medical Sciences, nams.org.np
Janaki Medical College, jmcedu.com.np
KIST Medical College kistmcth.edu.np
Lumbini Medical College
National Medical College, nmcbir.edu.np
Nepalgunj Medical College, ngmc.edu.np
Nobel Medical College, nobelmedicalcollege.com.np
Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS), pahs.edu.np
Universal College of Medical Sciences, ucmsnepal.com,
Ranking of medical colleges of Nepal
On the basis of patient flow in the hospital, infrastructure, clinical exposures to the students, popularity among students, international reputation and various other criteria, following is the ranking of medical colleges of Nepal:
- Institute of Medicine (IOM), Kathmandu
- B.P.Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
- Patan Academy of Health Science (PAHS), Lalitpur
- Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences (KUSMS), Dhulikhel
- Manipal College of Medical Science and Technology, Pokhara
- Kathmandu Medical College (KMC), Kathmandu
- Nepal Medical College (NMC), Kathmandu
- College of Medical Sciences (CoMS), Chitwan
- Universal College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), Bhairawa
- KIST Medical College, Kathmandu
Engineering Colleges in Nepal
There are quite a good number of engineering colleges in Nepal that provide engineering courses in various parts of the country. Most of these engineering Colleges in Nepal admit the local students through an entrance test. However foreign students are admitted on the basis of their performance in a personal interview. Candidates, to be eligible for admission to the engineering colleges in Nepal, should at least pass the Intermediate in Science or diploma in engineering or its equivalent.
Architecture, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics and Communication, Electrical and Electronics, Energy Engineering, Civil and Rural Engineering are some of the popular engineering courses in Nepal. While the B.E. Architecture courses are of 5 years duration, other bachelor degree courses are of 4 years duration. Some engineering colleges in Nepal also offer Masters degree courses. The Nepal Engineering College, for example, offers Master’s degree courses in Construction Management and Natural Resource Management.
On this page, we would be providing a list of engineering colleges in Nepal. This list would include both the private engineering colleges and government engineering colleges of Nepal. So far as we are concerned, the list is correct and updated. But if you come across any discrepancy, please do inform us. We would appreciate any such move that would improve the quality of the site.
List of Engineering Colleges
Acme Engineering College, Website : http://www.acme.edu.np
Advanced College of Engineering and Management, Website : http://www.acem.edu.np
Asian College of Engineering & Management,
Himalaya College of Engineering, Website : http://www.hcoe.edu.np
Himalayan Institute of Science & Technology (HIST), Website : http://www.hist.edu.np www.hist.edu.np
Lumbini Engineering College,
Nepal Engineering College, Website : http://www.nec.edu.np
Pokhara Engineering College,
National Engineering College,
Everest Engineering and Management College, Website : http://www.eemc.edu.np
Institute of Engineering (IOE), Website : http://www.ioe.edu.np
Dhangadhi Engineering College,
Janakpur Engineering College,
Kantipur Engineering College, Website : http://www.kec.edu.np
Kathmandu Institute of Technology,
Kathmandu Engineering College, Website : http://www.keckist.edu.np
Eastern College of Engineering,
Paschimanchal Engineering Campus, Website : http://www.wrc.edu.np
College of Software Engineering,
Janakpur Engineering College,
Khwopa Engineering College, Website : http://www.khec.edu.np
List of universities in Nepal
This is a list of universities in Nepal. Prior to the establishment of the first college in the country, Tri-Chandra College in 1918, higher education in Nepal was nonexistent. Until 1985, Tribhuvan University had remained the one and the only university in Nepal. In the early 80s, His Majesty's Government developed the concept of a multi-university system for the country. One important assumption behind the concept was that each new university should have a distinctive nature, content and function of its own.
The first new university that was established was Mahendra Sanskrit University. The inception of this university was soon followed by Kathmandu University in 1990, Purbanchal and Pokhara Universities in 1995 and 1996 respectively. Many schools and colleges are run by private initiatives but none of the universities in Nepal are private.
B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences is the first and foremost Health and Medical University of Nepal, established in 1994 and upgraded to university in 1999.
Currently there are nine universities in Nepal, and two institutions recognised as universities:
- Nepal Sanskrit University (before 2006 :Mahendra Sanskrit University)
- Mid-Western University Birendranagar
- Far-Western University Kanchanpur
- Nepal Agriculture and Forestry University Rampur, Bharatpur
At present there are only five accredited universities operating in Nepal. Other four universities have been proposed for establishment but the government has not allocated the funds for universities and the issue has not been decided yet. Along with the four new universities, one more are supposed to be established in Nepalgunj.
List of Scholarship for higher education and study abroad
Scholarship for higher education and study abroad becomes vital for many of the Nepalese students. So many of the private, foreign and government organisations are providing this help for students both girls and boys for fulfilling their dreams of higher studies like engineering, law etc. Scholarships are available in higher studies at different levels like Scholarship Exams for Class 8, Class 10th & Class 12th, post graduate levels, doctorate levels and for various other career options as well. Scholarships have certain criteria of eligibility and some have certain types of exams fulfilling which, one can avail the scholarship. Some of the Scholarships available in India are mentioned below:
- Indian Oil Corporation Limited Scholarships
- Sports Authority of India Scholarships
- Bivha International School Scholarships 
- Jamia Millia Islamia JBT Scholarship
- Scholarship for Girls from Bivha College of Medicine
Special Scholarship for Medical Science :
- Bivha International School Society
- AIIMS Delhi
- UGC Section
- AFMC - only for NRI
Nepal Ranks 11th Among the Leading Countries of Origin for International Student in the United States of America
The number of Nepali students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education increased from 8,936 to 11,581 in 2008/09 a 29.6% increase over the 2007/08 academic year, according to Open Doors 2009, the annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Nepal ranks 11th among the leading countries of origin of international students, as it did the last year. In the academic year 2006/2007, Nepal ranked 13th among the countries of origin of international students. India tops the list with 15.4% followed by China with 14.7%.
This year's Open Doors report shows that the total number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by 8% to an all-time high of 671,616 in the 2008/09 academic year, and the total number now exceeds for the second year in a row what had been the prior peak enrollment year (2002/03), and is 14.5% higher than the number of international students in United States' higher education that year. Open Doors data show an even stronger increase in the number of new international students, those enrolled for the first time at a U.S. college or university in Fall 2008. New international student enrollments rose by 15%, following on 10% increases in each of the previous two years.
According to U.S. Embassy Kathmandu's Counselor for Public Affairs Terry J. White, "America's nearly 3,000 accredited schools of higher education continue to attract new students in what is becoming a highly competitive international "market" around the world." The U.S. remains the preferred destination for students from Nepal who want to study abroad because of the quality and prestige associated with an American degree.
Another contributing factor is greater access to comprehensive and accurate information about study in the U.S. through EducationUSA advising offices in Nepal and an increased level of activity by United States colleges and universities to attract students from Nepal. Together with the U.S. Education Foundation in Nepal, we work to let Nepali students and their parents know that, with a little effort at guided research, an American education can be within their reach.”
- Making Education a Reality for the Children of Nepal
- Right To Education Foundation
- Scholarships for Nepali Student for International Education
- International School in India Provide free education for Nepali
- Primary School providing free education in rural Nepal
- Nepal Scholarships
- Bringing the Poorest into Schools
- Bivha International School