KATHMANDU, March 29: The result of declining educational quality was seen in the engineering examination. For the first time in the 23-year history of the establishment of the Council, 71.5 percent of the students failed in the examination conducted by the Nepal Engineering Council for the purpose of maintaining the standard in the profession.
According to the Registrar of the Nepal Engineering Council (NEC) Shiva Mangal Giri, most of the students who failed the examination are graduates of foreign universities. A total of 1,981 examinees from 69 categories participated in the examination held by the NEC on March 26 and March 27.
Only 565 of them have passed the examination. This means only 28.5 percent of the students are eligible to work in this field by registering their names related to the engineering profession, said Registrar Giri.
Giri said that since engineers play a key role in the development and construction of the physical infrastructure of the country, the NEC has arranged to conduct the name registration examination as per the requirement. The result has exposed the inability of the engineering profession to maintain quality in this field.
378 of those sitting for the license examinations were from Indian universities. Out of which only 58 people passed i.e. only 10 percent passed. Similarly the number of candidates sitting for examinations included 1013 graduates from Pokhara University, 471 from Purbanchal University, 2 from Kathmandu University, 41 from Midwestern University, 1 from Far Western University and 100 from Tribhuvan University. Of the total 1,600 students from different universities participating in the examinations only 507 have passed.
Giri said that 90 percent of candidates from Nepali universities have passed. According to him, most students were from civil engineering for the examinations held for 20 categories. A total of 1,153 candidates participated in the examinations. He said that those who fail in the NEC license examinations are not allowed to work in the engineering profession throughout Nepal.
"For the purpose of improving the quality, the council has amended the Council Act and conducted the examination for the first time," said Registrar Giri "But the fact that 71.5 percent of the students failed in the results indicates that our educational level has fallen."
Officials said the question paper was prepared to make the examination easier for students. There was no provision for negative marking. But the fact that so many students failed shows that the standards of both the university and the students have fallen.
Giri said that according to the arrangements made by the Council Act regarding the examination, the students can sit for the examination twice a year. In the objective examination of 100 marks, 60 questions of one number each and 20 questions of two numbers were asked. A candidate must secure 50 marks to pass the examination.