Bikas Udhyami launches “Padhna Jane”: A Compass to Higher Education in Nepal & Abroad

March 24, 2017- Bikas Udhyami, a newly established social innovation hub, today launched “Padhna Jane”, a free online education portal serving as a gateway for young Nepali to access higher education opportunities in Nepal and abroad. The launch was attended by Chief Guest, H.E. Ms. Lucky Sherpa, Ambassador of Nepal to Australia and special guests Mr. Madhav Dhungel, Vice Chairman of the National Youth Council, Ministry of Youth and Sports and Mr. Khem Lakai, CEO/Founder of the Global Academy of Tourism & Hospitality Education (GATE College). The launch also featured a concert by Nattu & the S.O.S, which was attended by 150 students from different colleges across Kathmandu valley.

The platform aims helps students to easily find Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions, colleges, universities and scholarships in Nepal, Australia, Japan and the USA. Padhna Jane also provides information and tips on the application process, migration requirements and living abroad. The platform provides access to advanced search engines, drawing from a database of more than 400 TVET schools, 1000 colleges, 400 universities, and 1,600 funding opportunities allow users to filter information based on type of degree, subject, location, funding amounts, eligibility criteria and deadlines. A match-making function allows users to find “best-fit” universities suited to their individual academic and financial needs. Students can create a user account and save favorite institutions, scholarships and other information. An integrated calendar and planner sends email notifications to remind about personalized deadlines. Tips on how to write personal statements, resumes, etc. help applicants to create a strong portfolio. Country-specific information prepares applicants for student life whereas behavioral health information promotes their safety and well-being. An interactive discussion forum allows students to ask questions to Nepali students in Nepal and abroad and browse through existing discussions to get first-hand information from experienced students.

Padhna Jane aims to connect young Nepali with diverse higher education opportunities and provide them with accurate, up to date information so that they can make informed choices about what subject and where to study as well as how to find the resources to finance their education. The platform facilitates the ease of applying for higher-education and scholarships in Nepal and abroad and also aims helps students to better prepare themselves for student life while promoting their safety and well-being. In the near future, the platform will be expanded with additional countries and features including a scholarship fund for young Nepali from disadvantaged backgrounds to study in Nepal. The platform was developed by Bikas Udhyami together with Techkunja, a young IT start-up company.

Bikas Udhyami is a social innovation hub led by young Nepali professionals from different backgrounds, who share an entrepreneurial spirit when it comes to seeking ways to do development differently. Its vision is a Nepal in which young Nepali are actively engaged in shaping the development discourse through the identification of innovative and smart solutions to existing and emerging challenges in order to achieve positive change.

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