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Education fair brought in more opportunities

Particularly for those who did not make it to government colleges  

Thousands of students and parents visited the two-day third annual international education fair in Thimphu where 120 international universities and colleges had come together to offer choices in higher education.

The participants included education institutions from Thailand, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Australia and Bhutan.  Of the total, 11 were international universities and colleges outside India.

Most university representatives Kuensel talked to said the response from students was good.

Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) secretary general, Phub Tshering said the response over the years has been good as a result of an increasing number of students not qualifying to government colleges.

“Some 5,000 students have taken applications to register with colleges and universities,” he said on the second day of the fair.

University of Thai Chamber of Commerce has received seven applications. “Although Bhutanese students are quite in the classroom, they are hard working and easy to communicate with,” the dean of the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, Jakarim Srimoon, said.

The university offers four full scholarships to Bhutanese students and 75 percent scholarship of the tuition fees. It currently has 10 Bhutanese students.

Dr JW Lobo of Christ University in Bangalore said he was happy with the response. “We’ve received about 12 applications and distributed 700 brochures to students,” he said.

A student, Pema Selden, 18, from Pemagatshel has opted to pursue her studies in India. “My parents decided that I should study in India,” she said. “We’ve come to choose a reputed college to enroll in.”

The first fair in 2011, which had 38 international education institutions, resulted in 27 scholarships in Shinawatra and Thai Chamber of Commerce, and Dhurakij Pundit Universities in Thailand at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The Shinawatra University offered 30 scholarships at the second fair, which had 119 education institutions.

One of the many students present at the fair, Tshering Namgyal applied for a scholarship at the Shinawatra University in Thailand. “I just tried my luck,” he said.

According to BCCI officials, the concerned university representatives conducted interviews for the scholarships, while BCCI took care of the logistics.

BCCI president, Ugen Tshechup Dorji, said “Of all the fairs that we organise, education fair is the most important because it creates a platform for parents and students to meet and interact with universities so that an informed and latest choice of courses are availed.”

A stall at the fair costs Nu 50,000. Twenty five percent of the revenue generated from the fair goes to the organising partners, SAPE Events & Media Pvt.Ltd. and AFAIRS Exhibition & Media Pvt. Ltd from India.

By Tshering Palden &  Passang Norbu

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