Many leaders of the Nepali Congress (NC), Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) and Maoists have invested in schools and colleges. Leaders feel this is a sector with less challenges while their business partners feel that entering into partnership with political leaders will provide them political clout to deal with hooligans, extortionists and other political problems.
According to Umesh Shrestha, president of Higher Secondary Schools Association of Nepal, over Rs 25 billion have been invested in this sector. There is no data, however, on how much of this investment comes from the pockets of leaders. In Kathmandu, institutions such as Apex, Kathmandu Management College, Don Bosco, Global Management, NASA, Milestone, Rupak Memorial have substantial investment from leaders. NC leader and minister Dr. Minendra Rijal has invested in Apex college, while Arzoo Deuba wife of former primeminister Sher Bahadur Deuba, has invested in Kathmandu Management College. Global Management College has investments from former governor Dr. Tilak Rawal while NC leader Deep Kumar Upadhyaya has investment in Rupak Memorial.