LELAM Project

Linking Education and Labour Markets: Under what conditions can Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) improve the income of the youth? (LELAM-TVET4INCOME)

Start date of the Project: 01.06.2017.

Funded by: This project is funded by the Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation(SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) under their joint “Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development”

Project Duration: 36 months with a possible extension to 72 months after successful mid-term evaluation.

About the Project:

LELAM-TVET4INCOME aims to understand how policy makers in low – and middle-income countries can improve the youth labour market situation by strengthening social institutions and their interdependence with formal, non-formal and informal TVET.  In doing so, the project will delve into the analysis of the conditions under which the TVET can possibly improve employment conditions and job quality towards improving the income of the youth.

Research Questions:

The research questions of the project are as follows

Q1. How can we define and measure social institutions of TVET

Q2. How can we measure the youth labour market situation in low and middle income countries ?

Q3.  Does improving the linkage between the actors of the education and employment system reduce unemployment, improve gainful employment, job quality, and the income of the youth?

Q4. How can the implementation and continuation of systemic changes in TVET be enhanced?

Project Team Members:

  1. Team Benin
  2. Team Chile
  3. Team Costa Rica
  4. Team KOF-ETH Switzerland
  5. Team NADEL-ETH Switzerland
  6. Team Nepal

Geographic Scope:  Benin, Chile, Costa Rica, and Nepal.

LELAM Project Researchers at KUSOED


Prof. Dr. Mahesh Nath Parajuli






Principal Investigator for Nepal
Dean School of Education (KUSOED)

Professor KUSOED
Kathmandu University, Nepal

Mahesh Nath Parajuli is the Dean and a Professor of the School of Education of Kathmandu University. He holds a master’s degree in Geography of the Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal and an MSc degree in Rural and Regional Development Planning from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand. He gained his PhD in Education at the Danish University of Education in Copenhagen, Denmark. The title of his doctoral thesis is: “The state, the school and the society: Dilemmas and Crises in Education in Nepal”.

Since 2013, he is the General Secretary of the Comparative Education Society of Nepal (CESON) and since 2014 a board member of the Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA). Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Education Research, a publication of Kathmandu University, he has published several articles in different journals and in edited books.



Durga Prasad Baral


Doctoral Student under the Project
School of Education (KUSOED)
Kathmandu University, Nepal

Durga Prasad Baral is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Kathmandu University School of Education (KUSOED). Mr. Baral has acquired two university degrees: a Masters in Civil Engineering from the Kiev Institute of Civil Aviation Engineers (at present known as National Aviation University) Kiev, Ukraine, and an MPhil in Educational Leadership from the Kathmandu University, Nepal. He has more than 20 years of work experience in the sector of TVET of Nepal including at the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT). Mr. Baral’s research interests include educational leadership, technical and vocational education and training, as well as entrepreneurship development.


Prakash Paudel






Mr. Prakash Kumar Paudel is graduated MPhil in Development Studies from School of Education, Kathmandu University. Mr. Paudel completed his Master Degree in Social Science in 2009 and started teaching in graduate level which has been almost a decade. Along with long academic engagement, Paudel has published his research based couple of articles and book chapter in national and international peer reviewed journals. Besides academic engagement, Mr. Paudel is actively engaged in development sectors. He has worked for government, non-government and international organizations as a researcher. Currently, he is working as a project member in Linking Education with Labour Market project at Kathmandu University School of Education.



Project Document, LELAM project

LELAM Project Activities

Masters Program(MTVET) Under LELAM Project