Published Date: 2024-03-20, Wednesday




Brain Drain Vs Gain: Crafting strategies for youth retention in Nepal


Nepal is currently dealing with economic challenges, resulting in the brain drain of the Youth, forcing them to leave the country in search of better opportunities abroad. The reduced employment opportunities and declining overall quality of life exacerbate the existing issue. The industrial sector, a crucial component of the economy, is facing difficulties primarily due to inadequate government support and limited investments. Consequently, this economic downturn has further promoted the “brain drain" issue. Addressing these interconnected challenges requires a concerted effort from various stakeholders, including the government, educational institutions, industries, and the broader community. Recognizing the situation's urgency, Kathmandu University has initiated different attempts such as the Kathmandu University Employment Promotion Program offering direct employment opportunities to 80 graduates per year. Similarly, in December 2023 Academia industry cooperation, KU organized the Academia-Industry Meet 2023 to provide a platform for representatives from the education sector, industry, and government to convene and engage in meaningful discussions for a collaborative solution. Continuing the effort, Academia Industry cooperation, KU in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel and Rotaract Kathmandu University is organizing the “Brain Drain Vs Gain Symposium 2024” with the theme of crafting strategies for youth retention in Nepal through meaningful discussions between diverse delegates from every sector.


The Brain Drain Vs Gain Symposium 2024 aims to bring key personnel from every sector to address critical issues in the Employment, Education, and Economic sectors, foster collaboration, and promote the return migration of  Nepalese in Foreign employment. The discussion will result in collaborative solutions between Various Stakeholders.

  1. Identify root causes of brain drain
  2. Discuss policies to mitigate brain drain and encourage brain gain
  3. Foster collaboration among stakeholders
  4. Promote initiatives for spread engagement and return migration

The speakers of Brain Drain Vs. Gain Symposium 2024 are:

  1. Hon Minister Biraj Bhakta Shrestha
    Minister, Ministry of Youth and Sports
    Theme: "Combatting the challenges of youth retention and nurturing opportunities in Nepal"
  2. Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa
    Vice Chancellor, Kathmandu University
    Theme: "The crucial role of Academia in mitigating Brain Drain in Nepalese youth"
  3. Mr. Anjan Shrestha
    Senior Vice President, FNCCI Nepal
    Theme: "Unlocking Nepal's Industrial potential through progressive policies and inclusive development strategies"
  4. Mr. Rajeev Pokharel
    Joint Secretary
    Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security
    Theme: "Government's strategic vision, priorities, and commitment for industrial development"
  5. Ms. Ram Kumari Jhakri
    Former Minister of Urban Development & Youth Leader
    Theme: "Guiding the youths to actively participate in the Nation’s development"

Venue  :   CV Raman Auditorium Hall, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal

Date     :  20 th March 2024, Wednesday

Time     :  9:30-12 PM


Dr. Ram Lama


Academia-Industry Cooperation, KU

Office of the Vice Chancellor

Kathmandu University


Category: Events
Last Updated Date: 2024-03-18,Monday
Published By: Kathmandu University