The Nepal Vocational Academy in Panauti provides both theory and practical classes, and some faculty members are traditional artisans. Post-earthquake, a major part of the building course is how to construct earthquake-resistant houses in the traditional style.
Saroj Shrestha, 29 from Panauti, gave up his fine arts studies due to family problems. He joined the academy after the earthquake, in the first batch. “At the academy I was doing what I loved, designing on wood, and was also learning carpentry. Even if I couldn’t continue my fine arts studies, I was close to art,” says Shrestha.
He easily found a job in the post-quake reconstruction of heritage sites in Panauti and Bhaktapur, and is now teaching other students what he has learnt.