Exhibition: About 44 universities and two schools from India took part in the Great India education fair at Youth Development Fund hall that was attended by some 700 Bhutanese parents and students on March 28 and 29.

Organised by AFAIRS exhibition and media private ltd., a company based in Kolkata, in collaboration with EA-Z education consultancy, this is the seventh time the fair has been held in Thimphu.

EA-Z education consultancy’s director, Leela D Sharma, said the fair provided varieties of courses under one roof, where parents and students could explore their choice of courses or universities.

“Getting all these institutions in one platform provides the parents and students acquire information from various institutions, just in a couple of hours, thereby saving time,” said the director of AFAIRS exhibition and media private ltd, Vivek Shukla.

The organisers said that all the institutions were approved by the adult and higher education department of the education ministry, based on the documents the institutions have submitted.

Quality assurance and accreditation division’s chief programme officer, NB Raika, said although organisers say that the institutions participating in the fair were recognised, it was the responsibility of the parents and students to find out the quality of education the institutes provide. “Parents and students should find out more about the colleges before they actually register and invest,” he said.

A parent, Sonam Dorji, said the fair provided a platform for parents to meet representatives from the universities without having to involve education consultancies.

“I came looking for some information on the courses the colleges offer, and also check if they provide any scholarships,” said Lhendup Gyeltshen, who completed class XII last year from Ugyen Academy.

Besides quality of education, organisers said parents and students, who attended the fair, mostly looked at safety, a comfortable environment, followed by the fee structures of the universities and colleges.


By Dechen Tshomo