Nepal still an un­der­de­vel­oped coun­try

People's Review - - COMMENTARY -

When po­lit­i­cal lead­ers dance to the tune of for­eign­ers and in­tel­lec­tu­als run be­hind the INGO funds, then it is sure, the coun­try and peo­ple will suffer. The same has hap­pened in Nepal. Just re­cently, Bangladesh, a youngest coun­try in South Asia, cel­e­brated the event of up­grad­ing the coun­try from the group of less de­vel­oped coun­tries [LDCs] to the group of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Con­trary to that, our gov­ern­ment has re­quested the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for keep­ing her at the sta­tus of a less de­vel­oped coun­try. Nepal is a rich coun­try hav­ing plenty of nat­u­ral re­sources. We are yet to har­ness nat­u­ral re­sources. Our lead­ers are run­ning be­hind for­eign­ers' de­sign, and thus, we have be­come a back­ward na­tion. When Bri­tish ruled in In­dia, they ex­ploited In­dian nat­u­ral re­sources by im­port­ing raw ma­te­ri­als from In­dia to Bri­tain and ex­ported fi­nal prod­ucts to In­dia. The Indians has thus adopted the same policy while main­tain­ing relations with her small neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, in­clud­ing Nepal. Indians are not keenly in­ter­ested in in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment in Nepal. Western­ers too want to keep Nepal an un­de­vel­oped coun­try by spoil­ing our so-called po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and in­tel­lec­tu­als by in­volv­ing them in NGO/INGO busi­ness. Un­der­stand­ably, it is easy to ex­ploit us if we are un­der­de­vel­oped and poor. Mak­ing Nepal a pros­per­ous na­tion is a good idea and there is no ob­jec­tion of the Nepali cit­i­zens on this. But how to make Nepal a pros­per­ous na­tion, we are di­vided. There is ram­pant cor­rup­tion in each and ev­ery sec­tor, even though, all of us have re­mained silent. Ev­ery year, thou­sands of youths go abroad for fur­ther study. They take foreign cur­rency from the coun­try to com­plete their study. In this way, through of­fi­cial or un­of­fi­cial chan­nels, tril­lions of Nepali ru­pees worth foreign cur­rency is be­ing spent by the Nepali stu­dents abroad. Why not we de­velop ed­u­ca­tional hub within the coun­try so that foreign stu­dents come here for qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, this scribe is un­able to get an­swer from any­body else. Many Nepali kids are study­ing in Dar­jeel­ing and Dehradun. For grad­u­a­tion and post grad­u­a­tion cour­ses, Nepali stu­dents are go­ing to Madras, Mum­bai, Delhi and other parts of In­dia. Thou­sands of stu­dents go to the US, Canada, Aus­tralia, UK, Ja­pan, China, among other coun­tries for their study. Thou­sands of ed­u­ca­tional con­sul­tan­cies are in op­er­a­tion in Kath­mandu and other cities. If the gov­ern­ment will give fo­cus on qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion within the coun­try and dis­cour­age stu­dents from go­ing abroad for their fur­ther study, we can save bil­lions of ru­pees worth foreign cur­rency for their study. If we will be able to pro­vide bet­ter stan­dard ed­u­ca­tion at low price com­pared to the In­dian cities, stu­dents from other coun­tries will come to Nepal for their study. Thai­land and Sin­ga­pore have been de­vel­oped as med­i­cal hub. Western­ers visit these coun­tries for treat­ment as it is cheaper com­pared to the med­i­cal ex­penses in their own coun­try. Even our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers who are en­joy­ing power, go to these coun­tries for treat­ment. If Nepal will be able to pro­vide ad­vance and bet­ter med­i­cal ser­vice, surely, for­eign­ers will visit Nepal for their treat­ment as com­par­a­tively our cur­rency is cheaper. If we will be able to pro­vide qual­ity med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, foreign stu­dents will come here to study med­i­cal science. Con­trary to that, our so-called ex­perts say, it is im­pos­si­ble. Cur­rently, Dr Gobinda KC has staged his 15th fast onto death in Jumla against the gov­ern­ment at­tempt for en­dors­ing med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion bill from the par­lia­ment. His slo­gan is very at­trac­tive as he has de­manded for guar­an­tee­ing poor peo­ple's reach on qual­ity health ser­vice. His prediction is that there is no need to open new med­i­cal science col­leges in Kath­mand, rather, the gov­ern­ment should run med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions in re­mote parts of the coun­try. Al­ready, there is med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion in Jumla but qual­i­fied teach­ers and also stu­dents don't go Jumla for ed­u­ca­tion. Thus far, bil­lions worth gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment in Jumla has be­come a waste. Again, the so-called ex­perts are say­ing that if opened med­i­cal col­leges with­out any study, there will be ex­ces­sive flow of med­i­cal doc­tors then the need of the na­tion. Can't they think about de­vel­op­ing Nepal as a med­i­cal hub for cheap and qual­ity med­i­cal desti­na­tion for for­eign­ers? If we will be able to pro­vide in­ter­na­tional stan­dard ed­u­ca­tion, the stu­dents pro­duced by such in­sti­tu­tions can get foreign job as well. So far, there should not be com­pro­mise on qual­ity and stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion.

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