Computer Institutes in Nepal
Published in CORE, May/Jun, 1993
The sharp rise of the computers in private and governmental sectors has certainly increased the need of computer knowledge. Everyone focused their attention towards becoming a computer literate so as to cope up with the demand in every sector. It is in this regard that a number of computer institutes opened up to train personnel. As a result a trainee found it more and more difficult to choose the right institute to get a proper education.
What should a trainee look for? He may be seeking the course's duration, price and of course the quality. CORE, keeping this in view, has surveyed a number of computer institutes so that they may have an easy access to the information they require. In our last issue we have listed the number of computers each institute is possessing plus the alternate power supplies and LANs. In this one, we have listed the facts and figures which the computer institutes provided us and we hope that the same could be of great help to you.
Nowadays, though WP, Lotus, dBase are still popular, some institutes are shifting towards Windows, Excel, Word, Page Maker, Word Star, Nepali Word-processing and even Novell Netwari. Them are also fixed duration diploma courses of a duration as high as half year in some institutes. Institutes also provide certain language courses such as BASIC, FORTRAN, Pascal & C. Upon demand, SPSS PC+, AutoCad, Framework etc. are also being taught.
Overall charges are varying from 500/- for short duration courses to upto 15,000/- for ones of longer duration.
There are various factors which have to be considered for a good institute to function. Highly qualified and experienced instructors should teach the respective subjects rather than the student becoming the teacher after completion of the same course. It is not a proper way to confer certificates to all who are enrolled because in the long run they may turn out to be poor teachers, thereby degrading the quality of education.
Each institute should focus on courses of short duration, oriented towards providing specific skills so that the quality of education can be greatly enhanced. All institutes should have a common evaluation criterion so that the standard of the education can always be judged. In addition, end-user industry also should be actively involved in defining the standards for certification of potential employees. Finally, rather than the congested classrooms accommodating as many students as possible, a familiar teaching atmosphere should be provided so that the trainee would always prefer your institute.