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Lack of banking channel hits Nepali students in Dhaka



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By Amarendra Yadav

Dhaka, Jan. 7: Bangladesh is an alluring attraction for Nepali students who want to pursue higher education after completing secondary level education in Nepal.
According to the Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu, nearly 5,000 Nepali students are currently studying different subjects like medicine, veterinary, agriculture, fine arts and mass communication in various colleges and universities in Bangladesh.
Most of them are medical students pursuing a degree of MBBS or MD.
However, all the students are facing a similar problem due to the lack of provision for common people to send and receive money through banking system between Nepal and Bangladesh.
Sending money to pay college fee only is legal as the existing provision, some Nepali students said in Dhaka.
Manish Gurmaita of Saptari district, now a medical student studying in Dhaka University, said that Nepali students were time and again facing crunch of money for living due to the void of banking system for the transaction of money between the two nations.
Other seven Nepali students studying in Dhaka also complained the similar problem. Their collective demand was that Nepal must do something to solve the problem every Nepali student is confronting in Bangladesh every day.
Talking to The Rising Nepal, Sudip Kumar Sharma, a veterinary student from Dhanusha district, demanded that Nepal government should take a solid initiative to solve the problem.
“As Nepalis send money to other countries like India, China and Gulf countries and receive money from those countries easily via a valid banking system, similar banking system must be put in place as soon as possible to solve our problem,” Sharma urged.
Bimal Khanal from Surkhet of Karnali State, said that due to the lack of baking system for money transaction between the two countries, whenever the Nepali students spent all their pocket money in Bangladesh, they had to return their home country barely for bringing money from there. Khanal is pursuing Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
Another MBBS student Niyaz Alam from Rautahat district said that they were bearing unnecessary extract costs as they had to go back home at least once or twice a year to bring money for their daily expenditures in Bangladesh.
According to MBBS Final Year student Ranjan Yadav who hails from Mahottari district in Nepal, when they could not fly back to their home country for money, they had to urge their nearer relatives or villagers working in Gulf countries to send money. “Asking our relatives or villages for money from here is sometime very embarrassing and difficult,” he added.
Similarly, two other Nepali students Omdeep Yadav and Arjun Yadav also said that they were reeling under crunch of money as they could not return to their home due to their busy schedule for study. Omdeep, a resident of Bara district, is an MBBS student while Arjun from Saptari district is pursuing a degree of Bachelor in Agriculture.
Both collectively demanded that the government should immediately take measures to address their problems.
Pramod Sah, a founder/chairman of Dibyabhumi Multiple College in Lalitpur, has recently sent college fee to a medical college in Dhaka where his son Prashant Sah is a student of MBBS First Year.
Sah shared his troublesome experience, saying that the Nepali parents could send only college due amount through the banking system from Nepal. “For the purpose, we have to produce a valid statement of due amount issued from the concerned Bangladeshi college at the bank,” he stated.
He also put the same demand before the Nepal government that the Nepali students had raised with this daily in Dhaka.  

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