More than 82,000 Nepalis have obtained Foreign Study Permits (NOCs) to study abroad in the last six months.
NOC is a No Objection Certificate granted by the Government of Nepal for the student to study aboard.
According to the NOC branch of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, 82,409 NOCs have been issued from January 1 to July 4, 2022 (17 Poush 2078 to 20 Asar 2079). The number is almost twice as many as last year.
“This year, it is nearly twice as high as last year’s amount in six months,” stated Branch Chief Hari Prasad Niraula.
Since the number of people seeking NOC increased dramatically last Chaitra, the Ministry’s NOC branch only accepts requests for certificates via online means. However, according to Niraula, demand has been low recently.
“The crowd has shrunk significantly. Everyone is now at ease since we are also providing alternative timings to the service taker,” he explained.
According to the NOC department, most NOC recipients are willing to go to Australia. Out of 82,409 NOCs issued by the department, 59,748 are for Australia.
Similarly, 9435 NOCs have been issued for Japan, 2419 for the United States, 1722 for the United Kingdom, 446 for Russia, and 122 for Thailand.
However, the department clarifies that Nepali students will not go aboard equal to the number of NOCs issued. “A student has to take up to three NOCs to go to any country or university,” said Niraula.
According to him, when going to countries like Japan or France, one should take two NOC, one for the language and another for academic courses.
Students have been taking one to three NOCs based on the offer letter sent by the university after applying.
The branch has stated that out of 141,099 NOCs issued since the start of the online service, around 4000 NOCs have been rejected.
The department is also preparing the service cost of NOC. Currently, they charge Rs 2000 per NOC. From 2077 Bhadra to Asar 2079, the department has collected 28 crores 15 lakh tax from the NOC.