SONSIK Online Interaction Program: “Degree Equivalence in Nepal”

 

SONSIK had organized an online Interaction program on the topic “Degree Equivalence in Nepal” moderated by Dr. Bojindra Tulachan, on the 27th of March, 2021. In recent years, many Nepalese students studying abroad are facing problems with degree equivalence in Nepal after their graduation and are having difficulty going through and completing this process successfully. Therefore, targeting this issue SONSIK had to organize an online interaction program with Dr. Paras Nath Yadav, the Director of Curriculum, Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal to clarify this issue and to guide the scholars to overcome this problem. Our keynote speaker presented a very informative presentation and also walked our audience through the working of the degree equivalence process.

 After the presentation, the attendees put forward their queries about the degree equivalence process highlighting the difficulties they had faced, and also suggested some very crucial suggestions which could help make the process more accessible and approachable by Nepalese students studying all around the world. Our team has also collected and made a list of all the important questions and suggestions made by the students and has sent it to our keynote speaker, hoping for these problems to be addressed and the students not having to face them in the future. As a whole, it was a very informative program that was conducted smoothly and successfully for which SONSIK 17th EC would like to thank our keynote speaker, moderator, and our audiences for their valuable time and support.

 

List of questions from “Degree Equivalent Program”

  •  I request to find the solution to the TUCDC decision on my Fast Track Ph.D. TU CDC rejected my Fast Track Ph.D. (2.5Years) degree Awarded by Yeungnam University, Korea based on 1Year Research Assistant, 2 Years Master’s degree in the same field (Medicinal Chemistry), and my excellent research publication and academic profile.
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  •  A Master’s degree in South Korea requires 24 credit hours in order to graduate but Tribhuvan University does not provide equivalence to this degree claiming it to be lacking credits compared to the Nepalese degree which requires 60 credits to graduate. But in one case the Tribhuvan University considers the credits and that is if the thesis is mentioned in the student’s transcript but universities in South Korea do not mention the thesis in the transcripts even if the student has completed it. Therefore, what can be the other processes and documents that the student can provide in order to receive their degree equivalence with ease?
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  • Problem 1: Well-known credit problem. Problem 2: Non-registered in TU but acceptable university from South Korea should be acknowledged. Problem 3: For the engineering department, 70% of curriculum matching issues need to be updated as subjects are diverse among the universities in South Korea.
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  • First of all, the details on the CDC website are not adequate and updated. If the application form could be made available on the website, then the students could fill out the form online and only appear in the office for the interview making the whole process easy and accessible to students living aboard. Secondly, in order to avoid students from providing false documents, it would be best if the CDC could directly ask the universities for the required documents which would make the process authentic and fast. Thirdly, why is necessary for not only the foreign universities but also the universities inside Nepal like Pokhara University, etc. to get their degrees recognized by Tribhuvan university? Fourthly, why are these strict rules and regulations not applied to the Ph.D. students in Tribhuvan university who tend to study only for the first 6 months and complete their Ph.D. along with having their jobs? What are the new policies that the CDC can apply in order to make a more equal system that is more approachable and friendly to every student regardless of their degree type, style, and university?
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  • Firstly, why is it difficult to obtain and verify the dean disclosure certificate? Secondly, there are many subjects that are not available in Tribhuvan university compared to other universities in the world due to which these subjects are labeled as just “relevant” in the equivalence certificate making it difficult for the student to apply for jobs in Nepal. What can be done to recognize these subjects and fully verify them, despite it not being in Tribhuvan university?
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  • There are many subjects that are not available in Tribhuvan university but are available in other universities of Nepal like Pokhara University, Kathmandu University, etc., in that case, why can’t students obtain equivalence from those universities where the subject is available rather than in Tribhuvan university where it is not? Why can’t we bring that system of obtaining equivalent from other universities in Nepal also if the subjects are not available in Tribhuvan university?
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  • The CDC also tends to claim of not having exports to verify certain subjects and majors from the applied field of science due to which students are facing trouble obtaining equivalence certificates. What can be done to verify, recognize and include all the diverse subjects studied by Nepalese students all around the world?
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  • Firstly, why there is a need for equivalency for those who graduate from public universities in Nepal? All universities were opened under the government act!! Still, why equivalency from TU. He asked if he graduates from some other university, which is not under the list of CDC, what is the procedure to get equivalency? There are so many universities that are not recognized by CDC, TU. But, why the MoFA is issuing NOC to students?
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  • What are the course requirements for an integrated program in Physics for degree equivalence in Nepal? My total credit for the integrated course is 36, will it matter?
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  • Completed integrated MS-PhD degree here in Korea, he tried to do Degree Equivalence 2 years ago. Submitted all the required documents to TU. – They said, integrated MS-PhD degree is not recognized by TU. What is the reason behind that?
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  • How do you determine the criteria for equivalence and how do you think the current curriculum of our country fares with the world’s changing employment demands?
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  • He currently pursuing a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences in India after his post-graduation from Pharm D. Govt. In India, PCI and AICTE have recognized it as a post-graduation course, but the Nepal pharmacy council is registering it under the Undergraduate course. Does it make any sense to register for a post-graduate course as an undergraduate course?
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  • He couldn’t find the name of so many top-ranked universities in the equivalence list provided by the TU. What is the reason behind this?
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  • Her university offers her the opportunity of thesis substitute since she had publication. So she got a master’s degree without a thesis. What kind of document does she need to prepare to get degree equivalence?
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  • He asked he has an M.S. degree in Engineering from South Korea with a total credit of 24. In the transcript of his degree, his thesis title is indicated. Moreover, he has three SCIE papers, which are, in fact, his M.S. thesis chapters. Considering these scenarios, will there be an issue with his degree equivalence procedure?
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  • She got to know through some friends that in Nepal they need a verified syllabus in English. However, it is very difficult to find a detailed and specific syllabus in most Korean universities. Also, it is not easy and comfortable to translate them into exact English. Furthermore, when they request our department to verify and get stamped, they say there is no provision of stamping the syllabus. How can they solve this issue? 2. Second is related to the character certificate. She heard that if they are the first to go for the equivalent process, they ask for a character certificate. However, she did not find any format and provision of getting a character certificate from Korean universities. Is there any solution for this issue?
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  • He has not yet processed for my equivalence; however, he came to know about this issue through this program. Would it be possible to release the current problems of other students so that current students can know about the hurdles in the days to come and act accordingly? Therefore, if possible, can they publish the entire problem list in the public domain by removing personal information from it?
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  • Is it necessary to have the syllabus of the subject we studied for degree equivalence?
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  • He did a bachelor’s in information technology (BIT). He reminds you it’s not an engineering course. However, he pursued software engineering as an MS student at a Korean university. Will there be any problems while degree equivalence?
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  • He said he has completed his bachelor’s in cooperative management from south Korea. For the equivalence, he has attached all documents but he has a syllabus short in English and details in the Korean language. For the translation of the details syllabus, it’s almost impossible because quantity is too much. What can he do in this situation?
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  • Although all the requested documents have been submitted to the curriculum center office, TU, the processing of documents has been delayed more than a year. What is the problem with the delay? How long does it take further to complete the process?
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  • Can he get the equivalent degree in Mechatronics Engineering?
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  • What is the Process of degree verification about integrated ms Ph.D.?
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  • He did his BSc.MLT from India and he got an equivalence certificate from TU. Now he is studying M.sc. Global Health & Development (major in Health Policy). his total master’s credit is 29 and his thesis. his thesis detail will come in his transcript as well. After coming to Nepal, he has to get a license from NHPC. For that, he has to make an equivalence certificate. Now he wants to know that, 1) whether he is eligible to get equivalence from TU or not? 2) if yes, then he will get equivalence in MPH or any relevant course? 3) if not, then how can he get equivalence because he will not get an NHPC license without equivalence. 4) what are the requirements to proceed with the equivalence certificate?
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  • Pharm D is an integrated postgraduate pharmacy course in India. But why it is being constantly denied for PG equivalent and considered as UG. I completed Pharm D. And now I am at last year of my Ph. D. In UGC listed, NAAC A+ accredited and among NIRF top 70 universities of India. How the Nepal pharmacy council is justifying a 6-year course as a UG degree? Why there is inequality in education?
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  • Even if the students have all the required documents and notice the students who obtained their degree from India are usually discriminated against compared to others, making the process more difficult and not providing them with required equivalence is very prevalent in Nepal. Why is it so, why being the Nepalese students studying in India are very much discriminated against in this process?

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