Kathmandu, October 21, Tribhuban University will begin labor studies in the postgraduate level from the upcoming academic session. Preparation for the course is in final stage. The information has been given in a program organized by the GEFONT. On behalf of TU, coordinator of the curriculum development committee Professor Dr. Keshav Adhikari informed that the TU is preparing to approve the new syllabus within a week and will start from next year. He said the Dean's Office of TU is expected to approve the curriculum by next week.
According to the Prof. Dr. Adhikari , theoretical and practical exercises have been given equal importance in making the curriculum suitable for the current needs. For this, the first and second semesters are more theoretical and the third and fourth semesters are made more practical. He said that currently 19 semesters have been prepared in four semesters and it can be increased up to 25.
Speaking on the occasion, head of the Trade Union Policy Institute Dr. Binda Pandey expressed hope that the studies starting at the postgraduate level, will gradually reach the lower levels through the graduate level. She said that to understand world of work and to change prospective towards labor, labor-intensive education is required from the school level.
Dr. Pandey, also the member of parliament, informed that after the hard work of Tribhuban University’s team of professors, the course has been prepared. She said that the syllabus was prepared by adding experience from different universities of the world and adding of the commitment from entrepreneurs sector was positive.
Similarly, Director of the Curriculum Development Center, Mr. Lakhnath Poudel, stressed that the curriculum should have more and more participation of the students. Saying that student’s attraction to the social science subjects has been decreasing so it needs more work to make it attractive. Director General Mr. Poudel said the curriculum development center is also preparing to modify the school level curriculum, adding the issues of positive prospective towards labor will be covered.
Speaking on the occasion, GEFONT President Cde. Binod Shrestha stressed on enhancing the efficiency of Nepalese workers in order to ease the problems of the existing world of work, to avoid problems, and to reduce the situation of migration in search of decent work. He recalled that GEFONT has been trying to include the subject of labor in the curriculum from school to university level.
On the basis of such efforts of TU by establishing a separate department under the Faculty of Humanities to begin teaching at the postgraduate level , He expressed his happiness that GEFONT has become part of it . He also expressed hope that the private sector would get qualified manpower due to the postgraduate level teaching starting from the coming academic session. In the same way, Trade Unions will also be able to increase members.
Talking about recent progress and expectations in the program, Head of GEFONT Organizing Academy Cde. Umesh Upadhyay said that the teaching of labor studies would change the prospective of the labor sector. He further said it would enhance the relations between workers and employers and create a business environment.
Cde. Upadhyay further added that the university should provide physical infrastructure and human resources, the government should assist in the development of physical infrastructure, financial support, employers should provide opportunities for students to practice and employment. Likewise, the trade unions should facilitate to link the universities and the workers. The research agencies and individuals could assist through the study the media would also be expected to cooperate in this regard.
In the program, Mr. Richard Howard, Country Director of ILO Nepal expressed hope that labour Studies, which will begin teaching at the university level, will help create a decent work environment. He said the political leadership in Nepal was very positive, adding that the common forum of the Trade Unions also helped for significant change.
He further said that the workers and employers in Nepal has well understanding on the Labor Act and Social Security Act that the great achievements in Nepal and exemplary in South Asia. Likewise, Resident Representative of FES Mr. Jonathan Menge also expressed happiness for great initiative of the Labour Studies in Tribhuban University.
On the occasion, Mr. Ishwar Shrestha of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce, Mr. Meghnath Neupane of CNI, Mr. Umesh Prasad Singh, acting president Federation of Nepal Cottage and Small Industries, has appreciated the preparations to start studies on labor issues.