Friday, 21 July 2017

गैरआवासीय नेपाली संघ न्यु जील्याण्ड लाई न्यु जील्याण्ड मा प्रवासमा रहनु भएका सबै नेपालीको साझा संस्था बनाउने अभियानको लक्षमा पुर्याउने १० खुड्किला

- राज महर्जन, अकल्याण्ड, न्यु जील्याण्ड, जुलाई, २०१७
गैरआवासीय नेपाली संघ न्यु जील्याण्ड २०१७-१९ (NRNA NZ 2017-19) का लागि अध्यक्ष पदका का दावेदार

गैरआवासीय नेपाली संघ न्यु जील्याण्ड (NRNA  NZ) र गैरआवासीय नेपाली संघको विश्व ब्यापी संगठन (NRNA  ICC) को विधान तथा गैरआवासीय अभियान (NRN Movement) को मर्म अनुरुप  न्यु जील्याण्ड मा बस्ने नेपाली तथा नेपाल र नेपालीको हक हितमा काम र सेवा गर्ने उदेश्यका साथ आएको मेरो उम्मेदवारी लाई दुई वर्ष NRNA NZ को नेतृत्व गर्ने सुअवसर दिनु हुन अग्रज, समकालीन मित्रहरु र नयाँ आउनु भएका साथीहरु लाई विनम्र हार्दिक अहुरोध गर्दछु


आउनु होस् हामी सबै मिली नेपाल पछिको दोश्रो घर सम्झेर न्यु जील्याण्डमा प्रवासी भई रहनु भएका नेपाली समुदायको सहि प्रतिनिधित्व गर्ने यात्रामा एक नयाँ आशा का साथ अघि बढौं।


१. NRNA NZ को पहिचान न्यु जील्याण्ड मा बस्ने सबै उमेर, लिंग, समूह, आस्था, विचार र  इमिग्रेसन स्टेटसका नेपालीको बृहत्तर हक हित (greater interest) का लागी प्रभावकारी भूमिका निभाउने संस्थाको रुपमा स्थापित (establish) गर्ने।


२. सकारात्मक सोचका साथ न्यु जील्याण्ड भरिका सबै नेपाली र नेपाली संस्थाहरु बिच सहकार्य गर्दै NRNA NZ लाई सबै नेपाली अट्न सक्ने छाता संगठनको अवधारणा संस्थागत (institutionalize) गर्दै अघि बढ्ने। विगत बाट सिक्दै आगामी दिनमा “NRNA NZ हामी सबैको आफ्नै संस्था हो" भन्ने भावना अनुरुप NRNA  NZ र NRNA  ICC को विधान र NRN Movement को मर्म आत्म साथ गर्दै नेपाल र नेपालीको सेवामा सहभागी हुने।


३. नयाँ आउनु भएका साथि हरुको हकमा यहाँ हरुको चुनैती र अवसर हरु पहिचान गर्ने। यहाँ हरुको न्यु जील्याण्डको पढाई र बसाई लाई कसरी अझ सहज गर्न सकिन्छ, के सहयोग गर्न सकिन्छ र यहाँ हरुले दिनानुदिन झेल्नु पर्ने समस्याहरुलाई कसरी सम्बोधन गर्न सकिन्छ त्यस बारे पहल र कदमहरु अघि सार्ने। जस्तै: "विद्यार्थी कल्याण कोष" को अवधारणा लाई उजागर गरि दुई वर्ष भित्र एक ब्यबहारिक र गरिमामय उचाई सम्म पुर्याउन पहल गर्ने।


४.न्यु जील्याण्ड का प्रमुख सहर (जस्तै: Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga) बाहिर बस्न हुने र काम गर्नु हुने हाम्रा साथी हरुको मुद्दा सम्बोधन गर्न वहाँहरु संग सर सल्लाह गरि उचित पहल गर्ने।


५. व्यवसायी साथी हरुको ब्यापार ब्यबसाय मा अझै बढी उन्नति प्रगति का लागी न्यु जील्याण्डको स्थानीय तथा  केन्द्रिय सरकार र निजि संघ संस्था हरु संग समन्वय गर्ने वातावरण तयार गर्न व्यवसायी र संघ संस्था हरु संग सहकार्य गर्ने।


६. न्यु जील्याण्ड मा रहनु भएका नेपाली बौदिक सर्कल (Professor, lecturer, PhDs, PhD students, Masters, professional practitioners) का साथीहरुको बौदिक क्षमता (intellectual potential) लाई उचित सम्मान (respect) र कदर (acknowledgement)  गर्ने। बौदिक केन्द्र (Intellectual Hub) को अवधारणा अनुरुप हाल NRN ग्लोबल द्वारा संचालित initiative of Skill, Knowledge & Innovation (SKI) प्रोग्राम मा टेवा पुर्याउने।


७ . न्यु जील्याण्डमा बसोबास गर्ने नेपाली हरुको छाता संगठनको रुपमा अरु संघ संस्था हरु संग हाते मालो गर्दै आवश्यकता अनुरुप न्यु जील्याण्डको सरकारी तह तथा आम जनमानस बीच  नेपाल र नेपाली हरुको स-सक्त  प्रतिनिधित्व गर्ने


८. खेलकुद प्रतियोगिता र संस्कृतिक कार्यक्रमहरु न्यु जील्याण्ड ब्यापी रुपमा अघि बढाउन उचित संयोजन, मिहेनेत र प्रयास गर्ने।


९. भुटानी नेपाली साथीहरु संगको सम्बन्धमा वहाँ हरुलाई वहाँ हरुको न्यु जील्याण्ड बसाईको को यात्रा मा सहयोग गर्ने वातावरण तयार पर्न आवश्यक पहल गर्ने।


१०. NRNA NZ को सांगठानिक संरचना (organisationl structure) मा व्यापक सुधार गर्ने। कार्य क्षेत्र र जिम्मेवारी खुल्ने गरि र सबैले बुझ्ने गरि चुस्त संगठन तयार गर्ने। छोटो, मध्यम र लामो समयावधिका कार्य योजना र निती (short, medium and long term plans, policies and strategies) तर्जुमा गर्दै कार्य विभाजन र कार्य सम्पादन गर्ने अभियान चलाउने।


यहाँको समर्थनका लागी हार्दिक धन्यवाद।

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Road Map 4 (RM 4) - NRNA NZ functions

(Published in the context of my candidacy for seeking the office of NRNA NZ 2017-19)

Work in progress...

1) Nepali transliteration of the Road Map (RM)

2) How do I plan to manage the organisational operation of the NCC of NRNA NZ so that it functions and delivers efficiently and effectively on the Road Maps I have proposed?
Hint:
a) the entire team of 22 members NRNA NZ will be responsible for leading; the President will assume accountability on behalf of the team;
b) governance and management functions will be clearly defined so that the team members of the NRNA NZ and the general Nepali diaspora of NZ are aware of who does what;
c) functions will be devolved and decentralised to committees and sub-committees.

I'll elaborate on the above shortly...

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Road Map (RM) 3 - Further RMs...

(Published in the context of my candidacy for seeking the office of NRNA NZ 2017-19)
Picking up from the PS of my last post -
My candidacy is a journey. Further road maps to be continued...
In the spirit of making NRNA NZ an organisation for all, further road maps (RMs) will address the following-
- How do we address the matters related to our people who are living in the regions outside the major cities such as Auckland, Christchurch and Tauranga? Such as those who are toiling hard by working long hours in the remote locations in the farms of the Canterbury plains and orchards of Bay of Plenty.
- What can we do and how could we support our business owners to achieve their business goals and that to realise the dream of prosperity utilising the existing support, facilities and networking opportunities provided by the NZ Government (both local government and central government). Such as ATEED https://www.aucklandnz.com/about-ateedand MBIE https://www.business.govt.nz/?
- How can NRNA NZ establish, maintain and improve constructive relationship with other Nepali organisations so that there is a united front among all Nepali in NZ and that there is cooperation rather than competition?
- What and how can NRNA NZ play a positive role in terms of representing Nepal and Nepali interest in New Zealand in the public and government domains so that our presence is taken seriously by other ethnic communities and the authorities?
- How could we advance and promote NZ-wide (possibly beyond?) sports and cultural events and contests involving the youth and rest of the section of the Nepali community in NZ?
- Despite the fact that the Bhutanese Nepali are not technically part of NRNA NZ, my team would look into how could we support and help our friends to better settle in a new country.
If you want to be part of my team or are willing to support us in our campaign for the office of NRNA NZ 2017-19, please PM us today. Thank you for your interest and continual support.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Road Map (RM) 2 - Intellectual Hub

(Published in the context of my candidacy for seeking the office of NRNA NZ 2017-19)
Nepali community in New Zealand maybe small in number but we are a formidable force in regards to our intellectual capacity.
We have distinguished professors, Senior Lecturers, PhDs, PhD students as well as those with Masters in a large cross section of subject matters and disciplines.
I am of the view that NRNA NZ must rise above the business as usual (events and charitable causes are excellent but we are capable do more than that) and harness the intellectual capacity of our people based in New Zealand.
Under my leadership, NRNA NZ will consider to facilitate creation of an Intellectual Hub in consultation with relevant stakeholders. One of the areas the Intellectual Hub would deliver would be to explore how could we be creative and innovative to assist the NRN initiative of Skill, Knowledge & Innovation (SKI).
I may mention here that, I have already taken a similar initiative in the form of Professionals for Nepal (P4N). P4N is awaiting formal launch in the near future, subject to a few final touches and arrangements.

PS: My candidacy is a journey. Further road maps to be continued...

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Road Man (RM) 1 - NZ मा भरखरै र नयाँ आउनु भएका साथि हरु लाई मेरो सन्देश:

(Published in the context of my candidacy for seeking the office of NRNA NZ 2017-19)

मेरो उम्मेदवारी घोषणाको १ जुलाईको पोस्टमा उल्लेख गरेको थिएँ - "नयाँ आउनु भएका साथि हरुको हकमा यहाँ हरुको चुनैती र अवसर हरु पहिचान गरि यहाँ हरुको न्यु जील्याण्डको पढाई र बसाई लाई कसरी अझ सहज गर्न सकिन्छ, के सहयोग गर्न सकिन्छ र यहाँ हरुले दिनानुदिन झेल्नु पर्ने समस्याहरुलाई कसरी सम्बोधन गर्न सकिन्छ त्यस बारे मेरो उम्मेदवारी सफल भएको पहिलो दिनमै राहतका पहल हरु प्रस्तुत गर्ने छु।"
माथिको पहल लाई कार्यन्वयन गर्न आवश्यक रोड म्यापमा रहेको एउटा कदम हुने छ "विद्यार्थी कल्याण कोष"।
"विद्यार्थी कल्याण कोष" समग्रमा नयाँ आउनु भएका साथीहरुको मुद्दाहरु सम्बोधन गर्ने अवधारणा मध्ये एक कदम मात्र हो भन्ने मेरो बुझाई हो। "विद्यार्थी कल्याण कोष" बाहेक अरु गर्न सकिने राहतका उपायहरु नयाँ आउनु भएका साथीहरुको सर सल्लाह बमोजिम श-शक्त रुपले अघि बढाउन एक कमिटी (जसमा प्रमुख र नेतृत्व दाई भूमिका नयाँ साथीहरुको हुने छ) गठन गरि अनुसन्धान (research), योजना (planning) र कार्यान्वयन (implementation) को पहल गर्ने छु ।आर्थिक सहयोग बाहेक थुप्रै अरु पहल गर्न सकिन्छ भन्ने कुराको अनुभव मैले २०१५ को भुकम्प पछि NZ को स्थानीय निकाय र केन्द्रिय सरकार (Ministry of Education, Immigration NZ, Human Rights Commission, Council, NZ Police, MPs, Political parties) का प्रतिनिधि हरु संग काम गर्दा बुझी सकेको छु।
"विद्यार्थी कल्याण कोष" को कन्सेप्ट मैले २०१५ को भुकम्प पछि अक्ल्यांड को अल्बर्ट पार्क मा बोलाइएको एक भेलामा प्रस्ताव गरेको थिएँ, जुन विभिन्न कारणले अगाडि बढ्न सकेन । त्यसको प्रमुख दोषी म पनि हुँ यो मानेमा कि "विद्यार्थी कल्याण कोष" को अवधारणा लाई अघि सार्न मैले थप उर्जा र प्रयाश खासै गर्ने समय निकाल्न सकिन।
२०१५ मै लगभग ४०,००० NZD (भारतीय तथा चिनिया कम्युनिटी द्वारा सहयोग गरिएको) रकम भुकम्पले प्रत्यक्ष असर गरेका विद्यार्थी साथी हरुको फिस तिर्नको लागी प्रदान गरिएको कुरा शायद धेरै लाई सम्झना होला। भारतीय तथा चिनिया कम्युनिटी का प्रतिनिधिले उक्त रकम वितरणको सम्पूर्ण संयोजनको भुमिका (निर्णय होइन, कसलाई कति दिने कुराको निर्णय criteria को आधारमा भारतीय तथा चिनिया कम्युनिटी का प्रतिनिधिले गरेका हुन्) मलाई भारतीय तथा चिनिया कम्युनिटी का प्रतिनिधिले सुम्पेका थिए।
आउनुहोस मिलेर "विद्यार्थी कल्याण कोष"को अवधारणा मा काम गर्दै नयाँ आउनु भएका साथीहरुको मुद्दाहरु सम्बोधन गर्ने कार्यको थालनी गरौँ। धन्यवाद।

Saturday, 1 July 2017

एन आर एन ए न्यु जील्याण्ड (NRNA NZ) लाई न्यु जील्याण्ड मा प्रवासमा रहनु भएका सबै नेपालीको साझा संस्था बनाउने अभियानमा सहयोग र सहकार्य गर्न जारी अपिल

१ जुलाई २०१७, अकल्याण्ड, न्यु जील्याण्ड

NRNA NZ को अब बन्ने कार्य समिति (NCC) ले आफ्नो कार्य कालमा कार्यान्वयनमा ल्याउन सक्ने र उठान गर्न पर्ने मुद्दाहरु बारे विगत बाट सिक्दै संस्थाले आगामी दिनमा अझै प्रभावकारी भूमिका कसरी निभाउन सक्छ भन्ने सकारात्मक सोचका साथ NRNA NZ अघि बढ्नु पर्छ भन्ने मेरो मान्यता हो।

निकट भविष्यमा आसन्न चुनावमा NRNA NZ को कार्यकारी समितिको अधक्ष्य (President of the NRNA NZ) को पदका लागी मैले उम्मेदवारी दिन लागेको सबै न्यु जील्याण्ड बासी नेपाली दिदी बहिनी दाजु भाई मा बिनम्र जानकारी गराउन चाहन्छु।

मेरो उम्मेदवारी को प्रमुख लक्ष दुई वर्षको कार्य काल भित्र न्यु जील्याण्ड मा बस्ने सबै उमेर, लिंग, समूह, आस्था, विचार र  इमिग्रेसन स्टेटस का समस्त नेपालीले NRNA NZ लाई "हामी सबैको आफ्नै संस्था हो" भनेर माया गर्ने र सबै प्रवासी नेपाली NRNA NZ को छाता मुनि अटाउन सक्ने गरिमामय अवस्था सम्म पुर्याउनु रहने छ।

मेरो NCC टिम ले अग्रज, समकालीन र नयाँ सबै साथीहरु लाई संस्था भित्र समेट्ने  र अटाउने वातावरण तयार पार्ने कुरामा विश्वस्त गराउन चाहन्छु। मेरो यस उदेश्य प्राप्तिका लागी न्यु जिल्याण्ड निवासी सबै नेपाली र NRNA NZ का सम्पुर्ण सदश्य साथीहरुको सहयोग र सहकार्य पाउने आशा गरेको छु।

NRNA NZ लाई स्थापना देखि हाल सम्मको गरिमा मय उचाइ दिलाउन विगतका यत्तिका वर्ष अनवरत रुपले NRN को मर्म र NRNA NZ संस्थाको हित तथा सदश्य हरुका हक हित का लागी गरि आउनु भएको त्याग तपस्याका लागि हार्दिक नमन गर्दै मेरो उम्मेदवारी सफल भएको अवस्थामा यहाँ हरुको अनवरत माया, मार्ग दर्शन र सुझाव सल्लाह निरन्तर पाई रहने आशा गरेको छु।

आसन्न चुनावमा सहभागी हुन र म लगायत अरु "मनले खाएका" उम्मेदवार हरुलाई मत दिई दुई वर्ष का लागि केहि गरेर देखाउने र भिन्न प्रक्रिया बाट संस्था अगाडी बढाउने मौका प्रदान गरिदिनु हुन समस्त NRNA NZ का सदश्य तथा मतदाता दिदी बहिनी दाजु भाई हरु लाई हार्दिक अनुरोध गर्दछु।

हाल सम्म सदस्यता लिई सक्नु नभएका अग्रज, समकालीन मित्रहरु र नया आउनु भएका साथीहरु लाई आजै NRNA NZ को सदस्यता लिएर संस्था भित्र आवद्द हुन हार्दिक अपिल गर्दछु। नविकरण गर्न बाँकी सदश्य साथि हरुले आफ्नो सदस्यता आजै नविकरण गर्नु हुन पनि विशेष अनुरोध गर्दछु।

समकालीन साथि हरुलाई NRNA NZ बाट टाढिएर होइन यस भित्र समाहित भइ संस्था लाई नौलो तरिका बाट नेपाल र नेपालीको हक हितमा एक भई संग संगै हाते मालो गर्दै अगाडी बढौं भनि सहकार्यका लागि दुई हात जोडी विशेष अनुरोध गर्दछु।  

नयाँ आउनु भएका साथि हरुको हकमा यहाँ हरुको चुनैती र अवसर हरु पहिचान गरि यहाँ हरुको न्यु जील्याण्डको पढाई र  बसाई लाई कसरी अझ सहज गर्न सकिन्छ, के सहयोग गर्न सकिन्छ र यहाँ हरुले दिनानुदिन झेल्नु पर्ने समस्याहरुलाई कसरी सम्बोधन गर्न सकिन्छ त्यस बारे मेरो उम्मेदवारी सफल भएको पहिलो दिनमै राहतका पहल हरु प्रस्तुत गर्ने छु।  

NRNA  NZ र NRNA  ICC (एन आर एन को विश्व ब्यापी संघ) को विधान र NRN Movement को मर्म अनुरुप  न्यु जील्याण्ड मा बस्ने नेपाली तथा नेपाल र नेपालीको हक हितमा काम गर्ने हेतु का साथ आएको मेरो उम्मेदवारी लाई सफल पारी दुई वर्ष NRNA NZ को  नेतृत्व गर्ने सुअवसर दिनु हुन फेरी एक पल्ट अग्रज, समकालीन मित्रहरु र नयाँ आउनु भएका साथीहरु लाई विनम्र हार्दिक अहुरोध गर्दछु।

आउनु होस् हामी सबै मिली प्रवासमा बसी न्यु जील्याण्ड लाई नेपाल पछिको दोश्रो घर सम्झेका न्यु जील्याण्ड निवासी सबै नेपाली समुदायको प्रतिनिधित्व गर्ने हकमा एक नयाँ आशा को उजागर गरौं

यहाँको समर्थनका लागी हार्दिक धन्यवाद।

राज महर्जन
अकल्याण्ड, न्यु जील्याण्ड

- BScAg, TU, Nepal; MSc, Copenhagen, Denmark; MPlanPrac, Auckland, New Zealand
https://www.linkedin.com/in/raj-maharjan-696769b5/
- General member of the NRNA NZ since 17 August 2009
- Past President of the New Zealand Nepalese Association 2015-2017
- Founder President of the Help Nepal Network New Zealand (HeNN NZ) 2016 and current advisor to the executive committee of HeNN NZ

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Volume 5 - The story of international students from Nepal in New Zealand


Screen shot of my post in the two Facebook groups (New Nepalese youth in New Zealand and Nepalese Student Community - Auckland) on 20 May 2017



Volume 4 - The story of international students from Nepal in New Zealand


On behalf of the NZNA, I took initiative to organise a meet and greet programme hoping to make progress in the problems international students were facing. Unfortunately, the programme did not succeed to grab the students' attention. I was gobsmacked and soon realised that this approach, whatever I was doing, wasn't working. I needed to gather my thoughts for the next thing. Then life came in between and I lost focus from this issue... until 19 May 2017 when I learned yet another life is lost. The conversation is once again re-started. We shall see where we land this time around.

Image 1: Screen shot of my post after the low turn out in the 14 May 2016 event:

Image 2: Screen shot of the Facebook event of the 



Volume 3 - The story of international students from Nepal in New Zealand

(Email chain of my communication with the ECAN President)


RE: Nepalese Students in New Zealand
R Maharjan
Wed 30/03/2016 4:43 p.m. Sent Items
To:president@ecan.org.np <president@ecan.org.np>;Cc:NZNA EC <nzna‐ec@googlegroups.com>; nzna.inc@gmail.com <nzna.inc@gmail.com>;

Dear Mr Pandey

Congratulations to your for assuming the role of the new leader of the ECAN.
Thank you for your kind response to my message of February 2016. Greatly appreciated.
We will get back to you in a while after we get an opportunity to discuss this in the wider NZNA team and the student community.


Kind regards
Raj Maharjan President, NZNA


Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:18:25 +0545 Subject: RE: Nepalese Students in New Zealand From: president@ecan.org.np
To: rajmaharjan@hotmail.com
CC: info@ecan.org.np

To

The Nepalese Community in New Zealand Through Mr. Raj Maharjan

President
New Zealand Nepalese Association


Re: Nepalese Students in New Zealand

Dear Mr. Maharjan,

Greetings from Educational Consultancy Association of Nepal ﴾ECAN﴿!
I am writing to you in response to your email dated 27th February 2016 titled "ECAN Members' Role and its Impact on Students Coming to NZ" which was received by the previous ECAN Executive Body on the same day.

Firstly, I would like express my heartfelt condolences to the departed soul of Raju Bhandari who met with an unfortunate, untimely death in a faraway land. It has brought pain to all of us here.

I would like to thank you for raising questions on behalf of the Nepalese students in Auckland in particular and the Nepalese student community in NZ in general. We have taken serious acknowledgement of the issues, and I would like to put forth the following points in response.

- that ECAN accepts the existence of fraudulent practices by education agents operating in the Nepalese market but all of them may not necessarily be under our umbrella because there are more than 1200 agents currently in existence in this market whereas we account for only 329 of them who are full‐fledged ECAN members.

- that ECAN has been working closely with the various government bodies in Nepal including the Ministry of Education to train and streamline the work standard of education agents ﴾Education consultancies﴿ affiliated to ECAN as well as others. The recent and ongoing trainings by Training Institute for Technical Instruction ﴾TITI﴿ is a good example of the same. I have attached a certificate of mine or your reference.


- that it has been a longstanding demand of ECAN that the Government of Nepal brings this industry under its regulation as a result of which the Ministry of Education has formulated the “Educational Consulting Services and Language Teaching Directive 2068” in the year 2068 BS which has proved to be a milestone in regulating agents working in this territory and controlling malpractices prevalent in the preceding days. 
Reference: http://www.moe.gov.np/article/213/educational‐consulting‐services‐and‐language‐siksanasambandhi‐directory‐ 2068.html

- that education agency companies have been started to be listed by Ministry of Education as per the guidelines of “Educational Consulting Services and Language Teaching Directive 2068”. Reference: http://www.moe.gov.np/article/525/approved‐consultant‐list‐by‐ ministry‐of‐education‐2071.html

- that ECAN shall endeavor to bring more non ECAN agents under our umbrella so that their pledge to the ECAN Code of Conduct will deter them from indulging in practices we abhor. Reference: http://www.ecan.org.np/index.php/about/code‐conduct

- that the current executive committee of ECAN has resolved to conduct a New Zealand specific Training Program for all its members currently promoting NZ education and actively recruiting students for NZ education providers. For this, ECAN shall constitute a team of qualified, highly skilled and experienced agents from within the industry to organize such training programs and provide information to avoid the kind of situations you have quoted in your email.

- that ECAN shall liaise closely with stake holders in New Zealand, including NZNA, as well as Nepal in the days ahead to keep ourselves abreast of the situations on the ground and initiate immediate and appropriate actions against members found to be at fault.

While I personally believe that the number of instances of fraud by agents must have come down now as compared to the previous years because of a combination of factors including the developments mentioned above, there will not be a single hour/day that we not keep our eyes and ears open so that we can act for the welfare of the students as and when the situation demands.

Lastly, please accept my sincere appreciation for the efforts, both individual and collective, of the Nepalese community in New Zealand as well as individuals and agencies with genuine intent in Nepal towards the welfare of the new comers to that beautiful country. 

From this day on, be reassured that there will be one more participant ﴾ECAN﴿ in your folds to share this great responsibility.

Long live the Nepalese spirit of brotherhood!

with regards,

Prakash Pandey President
Educational Consultancy Association of Nepal ﴾ECAN﴿ Dillibazar ﴾Near Batuleghar﴿, Kathmandu, Nepal
T: + 977 ‐ 4422267, 4421487
E: 
info@ecan.org.np

Volume 2 - The story of international students from Nepal in New Zealand

(Email chain of my communication with Shyam Bhandari of Rohini to approach ECAN) 

Re: FW: IMPORTANT: ECAN members' role and its impact on students coming to NZ

Rohini International <info@rohini.edu.np>
Mon 29/02/2016 7:36 p.m. POP
To:R Maharjan <rajmaharjan@hotmail.com>;

Raj Ji,
Thank you for approaching ECAN with the issues at stake.

Apologies for the delay in response from my end but everyone was busy with the ECAN Elections over the past few weeks. Now that the ECAN Elections are over and a new Executive team is in place, I will ensure that there is a response from ECAN soon.
On my part, I will do my best to play a constructive role in educating ECAN Members. I have also been approached by Hamro Chautari Radio program for my personal views, and I have reiterated that I will be more than happy to share my views on air.
Thank you for your great initiative. Let's work together for the betterment of every stakeholder, especially the students. Kindest Regards,
Shyam Bhandari


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On Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 3:04 AM, R Maharjan <rajmaharjan@hotmail.com> wrote: The President
Educational Consultancy Association of Nepal ﴾ECAN Nepal﴿

Please find a message sent to ECAN Nepal on 23 February below for your kind attention and action.
I look forward to your appropriate response at the earliest.
Kind regards
Raj Maharjan
President
New Zealand Nepalese Association

CC: VPs of ECAN Nepal
Treasurer of NRNA Australia
Rohini Int'l Education Services ﴾P.﴿ Ltd


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From: rajmaharjan@hotmail.com
To: info@ecan.org.np
CC: careers@rcservices.in; d_la@hotmail.com
Subject: IMPORTANT: ECAN members' role and its impact on students coming to NZ Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 03:47:28 +1300

Namaskaar from Auckland, New Zealand.
I am the president of the New Zealand Nepalese Association (NZNA) and would like to draw attention of ECAN on the matter directly related with some of your members. The following communication initiated by myself has been circulated via Facebook since yesterday. As you can imagine coverage of social media is far and wide. This message seems to be spreading, mostly in NZ and Australia.
Could I please kindly get an official position of ECAN on this by a week or preferably without any delay.
Kind regards
Raj Maharjan President, NZNA Auckland, New Zealand

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BEGINNING OF COPIED MESSAGE FROM FACEBOOK

A humble request and an open letter to the concerned Education Consultancies in Nepal who are acting on behalf of Education Institutes to send students to New Zealand.

In light of the recent sad news of Raju Bhandari in Sydney (covered in news at this link
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http://www.nepalitimes.com.au/?p=347), a few members of the Nepali community in New Zealand including myself are increasingly concerned with the plight of the newly arrived students. Among those who land in Auckland International Airport (AIA), only a ver few transit in to the Kiwi life relatively without much drama. These are the lucky students.


There are another majority group of students who are not that lucky. These unlucky ones face various problems right from the time they land at the AIA. One example: Student A is admitted to a college in Palmerston North through an Education Consultancy in Kathmandu. When Student A arrives at AIA late in the night, he has no idea where he is and where Palmerston North (Palmy) is - Mars or Pluto let alone North Island or South Island. Panic and extreme stress sets in for Student A the minute he lands. Even before he gets out of the plane, he does not know answer to the first and fundamental question - where I am going from here?

One would argue that at the end of the day, it is the responsibility of Student A to figure out answer to such basic questions. What about the role and responsibility of the Education Consultancy who received a respectable percentage of the school tuition fee as commission that Student A paid to the Kiwi institution? On top of the commission on school tuition fee, the consultancy also charges the student an exorbitant (from my personal
standard for the limited 'lip-service' they offer) sum as their service fee. I have got no idea if a contract for service delivery is signed between a student (service receiver) and the consultancy (service provider). I would not be surprised if such a contract mechanism does not exist at all.

We have heard horror stories from students in NZ of passport holding and bullying from Education Consultancies that continue to occur even after they arrive in NZ. In some cases this becomes on-going saga for at least few months. At instances, Consultancies have apparently passed false information of students they previously sent to NZ such as saying Student B went to NZ from my consultancy and s/he is already settled, working full-time professional job and received PR. The reality is Student B is still struggling in every aspect of student life from renewing visa to finding a decent accommodation.

Luckily for Student A, he somehow met a Nepali in the AIA who took him home for the night, gave him a roof to stay for the night and helped him get to Palmy (500+km from Auckland) on a bus the next day. Was it not the responsibility of the Education Consultancy who processed Student A's case, and made money from providing him/her service? Is it not up to the Consultancy to make arrangements to ensure s/he reached his/her destination safe and sound in NZ? From what I gather by talking to the students, it seems the Education Consultancies can't be bothered about welfare of the students. They seem to be after only one thing - money from the students.

It will be unfair if we said all potatoes in the basket are rotten. By the sounds of it most are, unfortunately, rotten to the core. There are a handful consultancies who have fairly better reputation than others in NZ. I won't name names here; this is for later of some other time. I'll leave that in the opinion of the students who have used the Consultancies' service. For now, let me make the following points 100% clear and gently remind our brothers and sisters in Kathmandu who are running Consultancies to send students to NZ.

1. From the experience of living here more than 10 years and working closely with Ministry of Education, Immigration NZ and NZ Police during response to April 2015 earthquake, it seems to me that the NZ government agency who oversee international students from Nepal is AWARE of each and every case of students and their Agents (i.e. Consultancies in Nepal). The big brother is always watching.

2. Until now the NZ government agency has not paid closer attention (as I said in 1 above, they are already aware) to the plight of Nepali students due to various reasons, including their stretched resources and other priorities. The spot light fell on our students temporarily during the earthquake response but for different purpose, not for the agee bagee practices.

3. It only needs one high-profile case, and that's it. What happens after that is anyone's best geuss. I just want all concerned students and the Kiwi schools' agents in Nepal to research why did it become stricter for Nepali students to enter Australia a couple of years ago? I am sure you have better knowledge of your industry than a layman such as myself.

4. It would take just one unfortunate case or one phone call to the authorities from a grumpy student and the agents (i.e Education Consultancies) in Nepal and their sister college in NZ could be drafting answers to the NZ authorities' 'please explain'. If found guilty the Consultant in Nepal may be kissing their agent license good bye. If
the students are hesitant to report, it is now highly likely that the some good samaritan will step up sooner or later. People have had enough of this sorry saga of students' suffering and exploitation in the name of providing consultancy.

In the spirit of starting to address this genuine problem of the students and finding a solution, on behalf of the community organisations I represent (one of which has recently taken initiatives in Auckland to try to address the students' problems) and on behalf of those members of the Nepali community in NZ who are really worried about the new students' plight, we want to make the following request to the Education Consultancies who send Nepali students in NZ.

a. Be aware of the points 1-4 above. Most importantly, please note you could be loosing your permission/license if you continue to mistreat your client who paid for your service. You may be inadvertently putting the reputation of the Education Institution (college) in NZ at risk due to your malpractice. Under those circumstances, I can guarantee you, the institutions won't be able to help you. NZ is a place where right of an individual, including students, is held very high. This is at the heart of the very establishment of this nation. The authorities take is how seriously, I cannot stress enough. During earthquake response in April 2015, the Human Rights Commission of NZ (www.hrc.co.nz) had offered to help facilitate to ensure the rights of Nepali students are held to the highest regard. Back then, I personally communicated with the Commissioner and met the Commission's officer at one instance.

b. Set up a mechanism by which means, we want you (all Education Consultancies) to take full responsibility for making it transparent (by posting in facebook groups of Nepali students such as Nepalese Student Community - Auckland and New Nepalese youth in New Zealand to start with until we come up with an alternative mutually agreeable better workable solution) that you have 100% ensured that the student coming to NZ through using your service reaches his/her accommodation from AIA safely on the day they arrive in NZ. Also make sure that you have ensured s/he has at least a week's accommodation pre-arranged. If you fail to do so, from here on there will now be response from NZ to your incompetence. Please note that it is not a threat, it is a genuine request.

Please don't think there is no one to speak up for the students. There are many. Silence does not mean, our people here are oblivious of your tricks. Please treat this message as a signal of what is to come ahead as a push back to the Consultancies' behaviours towards our vulnerable students. This is a first step towards providing support to our students who have come here with a dream to build a career and to realise their dream. You can help them do that or you can be on the wrong side of the fence. The choice is yours. The choice you make will determine the future of your business. Simple as that.

The ball is in your court now. It is up to you how you want to play it - hard or soft. We live here so we know this country. We strongly advise you that you give this matter due consideration that it deserves and take our sincere and free advice on board.

We don't want sad stories such as that of young Raju Bhandai in NZ. You might recall there was a similar sad incident right here in NZ in Mt Manganui only few weeks ago. We are not saying it is all fault of the Education Consultancies but your practice and treatment of our students is not helping them manage their stress. You could be doing what you are supposed to do i.e. to help the students have a smooth transition from a young student to a
new life in NZ. Your negligence (is it deliberate or inadvertent is matter of another debate) is rather adding to their stress even before they leave Nepali soil and follows them like a shadow to NZ.

You can take simple steps described above in point 'b' to help the students who help you make money. Please be ensured that you ignore this advice at your own and your business' peril. Again, this is not a threat. This is a genuine advice.
Let us treat this message as a starting point. There are a lot of work to do to reach to a satisfactory position regarding our students from the sad situation they are in today. We shall get there eventually.

Shyam Bhandari, could you please kindly respond to this message (as I said we have not said your agency Rohini is good or bad; we will leave that to the students who have used your service) and kindly also help us make other Educational Consultancies aware about this message? we do not seem to have contacts of other consultancies handy. We can find them but your help would help speed up approaching them. Many thanks.
END OF COPIED MESSAGE FROM FACEBOOK
Link: https://www.facebook.com/raj.maharjan.589/posts/10153947862144921 ----