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Nepal’s oldest science campuses go online

When the physicists at Tri-Chandra College in Kathmandu, Nepal, introduced remote education in response to the national COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020, reports of the success spread quickly.

“Soon we received requests from our colleagues in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and environmental science. Then from other departments and institutions. It was like an avalanche!” says Iswar Koirala, Head of the Department of Physics at Tri-Chandra College, the oldest institution of higher education in Nepal.

Not only did e-learning allow the students to continue their education, but even improved their conditions.

“Now, with education taking place over Zoom the sessions are recorded, and students can listen in when appropriate,” he said.

Remote learning has continued post lockdown for some 12,000 students thanks to licenses provided by NREN, the national research and education network of Nepal.