Q) You are the Program Coordinator of BIM (Bachelor in Information Management) for a leading
College in Nepal, how do you see Information Technology studies in Nepal?
In Nepal, Information Technology is a growing field. IT revolution has just started, after the Constitution was implemented in rural areas and education for all was made compulsory, each school provided computer studies in their syllabus, Universities began Computer based education. This shows government has started using Information technology, software. VDC’S, Municipalities all are using Computer. Government has introduced e-governance. IT has also grown over the years from outsourcing. This indicated upward swing in the IT sector. To meet the scale, we must have growing numbers of students and Colleges in the field of Information Technology. So it is conducive for studying IT in Nepal. Students also have time they are not so much busy and for studying Information Technology you must devote time. Since students have time to spend for learning IT, I see the scope of this increasing day by day.
Q) Each year many students go abroad for studying Information Technology, is it because we have few IT Colleges in Nepal?
I accept it, because in Nepal, the Colleges for IT are very few, this is due to fewer Universities that are running on large scale and syllabus which cannot be changed quickly. We need smaller Universities that are more flexible for changing the syllabus. So, that we can offer new course in IT. Recently course like BIG data technology came to the fore but we are not able to facilitate in the mainstream course. Security, Java has moved to advanced level. We also have to provide software training and many more which we are not able to give. So we need more IT Universities instead of Colleges. We must open at least 5 IT Universities and they must open branches in all development regions. We need more Private Colleges and Universities for producing more skilled human resource. So, we are still falling short in our capabilities.
Q) What other degrees have scope in Nepal other than B.Sc.CSIT?
In Nepal the courses we are proving are very similar to one another, only they have different names. B.Sc.CSIT, BIM, BCA, BCIS, all these courses gives similar product; we need to introduce new courses for e.g. Cyber security which has not been offered by Nepalese Universities. Innovation in Information Technology, IT courses in Masters are very less. We can launch MIT and security courses in Masters also. Therefore, we should provide new courses which will not only be path breaking but a milestone for student’s learning and career development.
Q) Multiple courses like BSc. CSIT, BIM and BCA have uniformity in their teaching and learning structure, do these programs fulfill their objectives?
These programs have fulfilled their objectives at a certain level. When there was scarcity in job markets related to Information and technology, courses like B.Sc. CSIT, BIM, BCA have generated the skilled incumbents in the job market. But, I think there are lots of areas for improvement. There are students, who want to concentrate on core subjects only, but due to lack of options and less flexibility in syllabus we are not able to facilitate as per their requirements.
Q) We don’t have many institutes providing Courses in Masters Level for Computer engineering except at Pulchowk and Kathmandu University what could be the reason, lack of resources may be?
When for e.g. T.U offers MSc. CSIT course, suppose there are 30 seats, so we bring 30 students from there and in Pulchowk 50 seats and bring 50 students. If we produce 100 students in aggregate, we find 60-70% students going abroad. Remaining 30 percent of human resources are very less for large number of job markets. Government and University must think about generating product as their first priority. Then this skilled human resource can also create self-employment opportunities. The Universities offering Master’s Program and their products are very less. Government should invest more in this area and create job opportunities with a work timeframe in our Country. We need more Universities, more courses in Bachelors and Master’s program and more seats in order to meet the scarcity.
Q) What is your urge to Ministry of Education to bring new degrees in Nepal?
In the framework of new Governance, the new Education Minister can bring a new vision about education policy and formulate new plans, my suggestion for him will be for structural programming and framework and they must accept change and implement the new revolution that has come up in the field of education. What we are teaching now and what it will be in the next twenty years cannot correlate. The new phase will be totally different. So if we consider the new generation of IT professionals and know their mind sets for future of Nepalese education system then only we can come up with innovative and ingenious solutions. In my opinion in Nepal, in the coming 5 years we must open 20 Universities. They must be for technical education. We can open University in Nepal and give affiliation to India, Australia. So, we need more and more Universities in Nepal and Ministry of Education must give emphasis to this idea. We can form team with those products of Nepal who have gone and done their teaching abroad such as Nepalese professors at MIT, HERD University and with joint investment we must open new Universities in Nepal and conduct International academic programs and bring their teaching methodology in Nepal. If we can do this it will be very beneficial for our job markets.
Interview of Mr. Surya Bahadur Basnet.
PROGRAM CORDINATOR (BIM)
KIST College, Kamalpokhari.