Most of the students who appear in the IOE entrance exam get confused about aerospace engineering and its pros and cons if studied in Nepal. Lack of information about its course layout, the infrastructure of laboratories, faculty members, college fees necessary stationery materials for four years, educational college tours, international tutors, and many more are some of the most relevant queries we are introduced in our message inboxes, mails and other social media platforms every day when exams are near. Therefore, on realizing it’s our responsibility to make students clear about each and every corner of aerospace engineering and aerospace engineering in Nepal, this productive article has been developed.
Difference between Aerospace and Aeronautical engineering
Before heading towards any deep concept let us try to clear you about the differences between aerospace and aeronautical engineering. In Nepal, we have aerospace engineering, not aeronautical engineering! Though they sound pretty much the same and many people still think that both of them are the same, it’s not fact!. Speaking in layman language, Aeronautical engineering basically deals with things that take off from the Earth and again returns back to the Earth-like airplanes, helicopters, fighter jets, missiles, etc. whereas aerospace engineering deals with the study of machines that take off from the Earth but in most cases, it doesn’t return back to the earth like rockets, space shuttles, space rovers, etc. In four years of courses, some of the subjects are similar in both aeronautical and aerospace engineering.
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A four-year bachelor’s degree program in Aerospace engineering was introduced in Nepal in the fiscal year 2075/76 by Tribhuvan University (TU) under the Institute of Engineering (IOE) for the first time. To study aerospace engineering in IOE a student should have scored a minimum of C+ in all subjects in their +2 degree. Every year forty-eight students are eligible to get enrolled in a course of aerospace engineers out of which 12 of them are from the regular category and 36 students fall underpaying category. In the regular category, students have to pay Nrs.64,988 in four years whereas for students in paying category Nrs.6,00,000 has to be paid in four years (data may vary). There are all together forty-eight subjects to be studied in a four-year course of aerospace engineering in Nepal. Six subjects up to sixth semester each and seven subjects in the seventh semester and finally five subjects in the final semester which includes project I in the seventh semester and project II in eight-semester, internships, and elective I and II as well. Laboratories infrastructure, faculty members, stationary materials, and other similar facilities are quite satisfactory as per present students of aerospace engineering at IOE.
Scope in NEPAL
Jobs and placements of an aerospace engineer in Nepal are not in that much healthy demand at present condition but it doesn’t mean that it has no scope. Nepal is rapidly developing in international airport sectors and commonly saying in aviation sectors! More aircraft are being added as the demand for air travel in Nepal has grown up exponentially in the last decade. Nepal has also tested its first rocket not even just a year back therefore we can say that Nepal is marching towards aerospace development. IOE is continuously generating funds for the development of aerospace engineering in Nepal which is a positive sign for Nepali aerospace engineering students. The salary of an average aerospace engineer in Nepal is expected to be around sixty thousand per month.
Every dark cloud has a silver lining, on this note we all engineering enthusiasts believe that someday Nepal will too place its flag on top in the field of aerospace engineering.