Our Padhna Jane initiative aims to connect young Nepalis with diverse higher education opportunities and scholarships, prepares them for active student life and also develop skills in preparation for work after graduation.
An increasing number of Nepali students seek higher education from various local and foreign institutions. Over 409,000 students were enrolled in higher education in Nepal in 2016 (University Grant Commission). Ministry of Education issued more than 40,000 No Objection Certificates for students wishing to study abroad in the same year – quadruple since 2011. Despite the increase in educational qualifications, youth also face unemployment rates as high as 20% (ILO, 2014).
For many students, pursuing higher education is expensive and involves a complicated application process. Local and international funding opportunities are even more difficult to find and current websites do not provide a one-stop, comprehensive overview of all scholarships available across different universities, government and private institutions. Current students also face limited resources for academic and career support. As a result, many young Nepalis are confused about the higher-education application process, funding opportunities in Nepal and abroad, student life improvement and career development.
Padhna Jane (eng. Let’s Study) is a free online educational platform serving as a gateway for young Nepalis to access higher-education opportunities in Nepal and abroad. This one-stop shop helps students to find extensive college and scholarship databases, information on application process, tips and tricks on improving students life and up-to-date news, events and articles related to Nepali students. Our platform is for students looking to study, currently enrolled in college or recently graduated.
To address these issues faced by students, through the Padhna Jane platform we aim to:
The Padhna Jane platform offers the following features:
The platform is available for computers, tablets, iOS and Android devices.
Many of the higher education institutions in Nepal unfortunately do not necessarily provide students with the necessary skills they need to perform better in their degrees and to prepare for their professional life. The Padhna Jane Initiative therefore conducts monthly Skill Labs and Experience Exchange for students to build their capacity by developing their practical and professional skills. These skills are related to career development and student life improvement like how to improve your resume, cite correctly, write better papers, use social media professionally, public speaking etc. These workshops are led by our in-house or industry experts.
Alongside Skill Labs, we also offer Experience Exchange Series, which are peer-to-peer sharing sessions, especially with young speakers who have achieved a lot. Through these workshops, students will discuss on topics like what can you do with a Bachelor's degree, should you do your Masters right away, how to be job-ready upon graduation etc.
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