The government of Nepal, through the Nepal Vocational Qualification System (NVQS) Project, in its pursuit for the establishment of a national vocational qualifications system teamed up with the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) for a Study Tour Program for the officials of the National Skill Testing Board (NSTB) Nepal.
“The Study Tour Program for the National Skill Testing Board (NSTB) Nepal Towards the Establishment of NVQS” was designed to provide an overview of the national vocational qualification system of the Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand and integrate the learnings in designing and implementing the Nepal vocational qualifications system.
In partnership with Nepal, CPSC sought the cooperation of the governments of Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia in organizing the study tour. The first batch of participants comprised of 8 high level officials from NTSB Nepal concluded the study tour held in Thailand from July 1-5 and from July 6-11, 2017 in Sri Lanka. The conduct of the study visits for the second batch of 8 NSTB senior officials was organized in the Philippines from July 8-11 and in Malaysia from July 12-16, 2017.
The first batch was led by Dr. Pramod Shrestha, NVQS Project Advisory Committee Member, while the second batch was led by Mr. Devi Prasad Dahal, the NVQS Project Team Leader.
The tour in Thailand with the first batch was done at the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA), Thailand Professional Qualification Institute (TPQI), Tipubon International Co., Ltd., Nontaburi Skill Labor Development, Siam Business Administration Technological College (SBAC) and the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC).
In Sri Lanka, the group visited the Access Engineering PLC, Vocational Training Authority (VTA), Don Bosco College (Negombo Center), Ceylon German Technical Training Institute – Ratmalana, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC), National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA), and Department of Technical Education and Training (DTET), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development.
In Malaysia, the officials were brought to Nilai Polytechnic (PNS), Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers, Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), and the Department of Polytechnic Education (DPE), Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).
In the Philippines, CPSC has arranged study visits to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), TESDA Women’s Center (TWC), MFI Polytechnic Institute Inc., Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), and Asian Development Bank (ADB).
In CPSC Manila, the tour commenced with an inaugural ceremonies led by the Director General Dr. Ram Hari Lamichhane. He said that the study tour program in the Philippines, will focus on policy and legal framework about NVQS as well as competency assessment. He further stated that he hopes the knowledge and experience gained from the Philippines will be fruitful to implement National Vocational Qualifications Systems in Nepal.
The Team Leader for the batch, Mr. Devi Prasad Dahal, said that the team has three key points that they want to learn from their visit. First, since they are going into vocational qualification framework, they want to learn specifically how that framework is developed, implemented, and quality assured. Second, how the stakeholders contribute especially the private sector and how the system motivates them to contribute. And third, they want to know how the country develop, deploy and license assessors and how assessment centers are accredited.
The program was implemented under the overall supervision of the CPSC Director General Dr. Ram Hari Lamichhane. Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, DPE MOHE Deputy Director General (Operations), Ms. Siriyupa Phurirak, OVEC Plan and Policy Analyst and Ms. H.E.M.A.W.S. Amunugama, DTET Deputy Director (Human Resources Management), acted as Supervisors for Malaysia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka, respectively.
The Coordinators who spearheaded preparations per country were Ms. Adrienne Abril, CPSC Projects and Consultancy Officer for Philippines, Mr. Laksasak Yangsaman, OVEC Plan and Policy Analyst for Thailand, Mr. T. Chamila Indika, DTET Development Officer for Sri Lanka and Mr. Syahman Samsudin, DPE MOHE Senior Assistant Director for Malaysia.
The program was a first of its kind arranged by CPSC with four countries through a Customized Program.