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Dr Alok K Bohara

The author is Professor at University of New Mexico, USA.

Federalizing Education and Mitigating Political Influence in Nepali Academia

Published On: August 27, 2023 09:35 AM NPT By: Dr Alok K Bohara

There is a widespread agreement that the higher education sector in Nepal is in urgent need of reform. A new Bill “Federalizing Education” has begun to engage stakeholders bringing forth their concerns in a multitude of areas.

Is a four-year bachelor’s program a burden on Nepali students?

Published On: August 14, 2023 07:50 PM NPT By: Dr Alok K Bohara

Tribhuvan University (TU) officials have put forth the idea of reducing the current four-year bachelor's program to three years in order to alleviate the burden on Nepali students and parents. They cite countries like the UK and India as arguments for such a proposal and argue that Nepal should produce graduates for the country, rather than following the 4-year model used in America. The arguments presented seem somewhat misplaced and lack thorough assessment. Instead of delving into details, I will make two points.

Ungreasing the wheels of corruption: Three Lessons for Nepal

Published On: May 27, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Dr Alok K Bohara

As events continue to unfold in Nepal, particularly concerning the fake Bhutanese refugee scandal, there is a growing public and media pressure to ensure justice is served during the upcoming hearing and prosecution. While it is crucial to uphold the principle of "innocent until proven guilty," concerns are arising among the public that the perpetrators may evade accountability.

Unlocking Rural Agricultural Revitalization in Nepal

Published On: April 30, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Dr Alok K Bohara

The increasing trend of globalization, coupled with political infightings and instability, has resulted in a significant number of Nepalese youths seeking employment abroad as their only viable option. Additionally, the failure of Nepal's leadership to implement effective job employment opportunities and modernization in the agricultural sector has further exacerbated this trend.

Public Financing of Elections Could be a Game-changer for Nepal

Published On: April 18, 2023 09:30 AM NPT By: Dr Alok K Bohara

Nepal, like many countries, faces the challenge of systemic corruption in various sectors, including politics. As the country strives to strengthen its democracy and promote fairness in the political process, one tool that is gaining some attention is public financing of elections.