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Engineers Will Need to Pass a License Exam for Work

  • A new provision is set to be established that mandates that engineers will need to pass a license exam for work.
  • The sensational news comes after the bill that implements new rules in the Nepal Engineering Council, Act 2055 passes through the federal parliament (HoR)
  • As per the bill, students will sit through the exam to get a license after the Bachelor’s Degree.

Nepali students seeking a career as an engineer will now need to pass an exam to find employment. This comes after the House of Representatives passed the bill on Wednesday 21st July that amends the Nepal Engineering Council, Act 2055.

The bill was first registered on June 12, 2019, and was referred to the HoR on December 30 same year. The bill received approval 30 months after passing through the National Assembly.

The Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Mohammad Ishtiaq Rai, shared at the parliament that the government expects the bill will settle questions related to quality after making the examination mandatory to get a license for work.

The bill stipulates a new set of procedures for students to become an engineer in Nepal.

It means just like doctors, nurses, teachers, etc. engineering students will need to pass a licensing exam to work.

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Engineers will need to pass a license exam to work

The bill rules that to become an engineer a student will need to pass an exam after the Bachelor’s program. As per the new legislation, Nepal Engineering Council will conduct the license exams for aspiring students.

The Nepal Engineering Council is a non-profit independent government body concerned with effective engineering practices in Nepal.

The bill states that only after passing the exam, one can engage in employment as an engineer. Passing an exam will grant students a license for work.

Similarly, the council will have the authority to establish its branch office in every province. The bill also includes a provision for the council to provide services online.   

For now, the bill has passed through the federal parliament. Now, it will go to the President for authorization. After 30 days of the president’s assent, the provision will turn into law.  

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What is your take on this new provision? Is it going to help maintain quality or add an inconvenience to the aspiring students? Do share in the comments below.

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