KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 15
Kathmandu University has completed its 27th convocation with the graduation of 1,449 students in the first phase of the convocation. Another 1,500 graduates will participate in the second phase of the convocation to be organised within three months.
Twelve scholars received their Doctor of Philosophy title and 30 people completed Master of Philosophy. They represented seven ranges of academics, including School of Arts, School of Education, School of Engineering, School of Law, School of Management, School of Medical Science and School of Science.
Of those 1,449 graduates, 581 are from Medical Sciences, 419 from management, 234 from arts, 104 from education, 42 from science, 40 from law and 29 from engineering. Of these, the majority (747) are girls – which is 51.55 per cent of total students. Similarly, 133 foreigners from the US, Bangladesh, Netherlands, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Russia also graduated.
The varsity management had held the convocation from seven different stages for prompt distribution of certificates and to maintain proper social distancing. Around 5,000 people, including graduates’ parents and close friends had joined the celebration today.
Today’s function was held with the participation of Minister of Education, Science and Technology Devendra Poudel and Dr Pankaj Mittal, secretary general of the Association of Indian Universities.
Minister Poudel, addressing the function, said that KU had excelled in its field and become a model university in the country.
Similarly, Bhola Thapa vice-chancellor of KU sought support from the government to turn the university into a hub for international students.
KU has allocated 10 per cent quota for international students.
In line with this, Thapa urged the government to support them to waive the fee of international research fellow and provide them free accommodation to enrich the varsity’s academics.
KU recently celebrated its 30the anniversary. It offers more than 150 long-term and short-term academic programmes and courses from intermediate to PhD levels. As of December 2021, the varsity has produced more than 36,624 graduates.
The university claims that 45 per cent of total active medical doctors in Nepal are its products.
A version of this article appears in the print on December 16, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.