In 1996A.D. Nepal saw the emergence of a new clique of people with a new set of rules and ideas to bring back so called reforms in different sectors. Well the idea was great had it not been for the weapons. How Gandhi helped in bringing back the independence in India is an exemplary achievement, which was spearheaded with a common theme of fight through non-violence. May be that was possible (in our context) or might have been the other way, but once you make a plan that is going to involve the …
…entire nation and people, a thing called vision should have been there. What it looks like today is a totally uncontrolled set of movements which are not only creating political unrest in Nepal but also creating havoc in the daily life of the people of this nation. That has impaired our economy by leaps and bounds.
The burning question right now is that “Can Nepal be economically stabilized?”
Many say only the “time” can answer that. But hello sir we simply can’t wait time. What didn’t come yesterday guarantees that it might not come today and tomorrow as well. So we can’t just wait for the time to bring back the much needed stability to Nepal.
What Nepal needs right now are the following things, in my view.
1. Political reform.
2. Economic reform.
3. Educational reform.
I did my engineering in computer science from N.I.T Durgapur(formerly R.E.C), West Bengal, India. In my four years stay in India I saw some awe-inspiring things. I was highly impressed by the economic boom in India. The rise in M.N.Cs and domestic companies is something that has been the talk of the town.
The only reason why I have taken the example of India is because it is one of our close neighbors and many of us have fair bit of idea about India. Not only India but see China and other countries in the region. And compare the economy with Nepal. We get out of the scope. As my field being computer engineering I am trying to jot down my view keeping focus on computer related topics.
Our country can be a good destination for outsourcing and off-shoring. There are like thousands of engineers graduating every year in Nepal. So seeing this one can say that we have a good amount of work-force. But the stark reality is that many of these graduates go overseas for further studies and to make money. In doing so, many of them end up staying there hence, the decrease in technical professionals here in Nepal.
Now with the entrance of new government, we expect it to consider all these factors and try to increase the workability in different fields. If the government is able to provide that then I am sure that Nepal can see the improvement in economy.
But for encouraging the foreign companies to enter into Nepal, the government should assure them of security and better work space. According to CIA – The World Factbook, the unemployment rate in Nepal is 47% (2001A.D.). That just goes to show, how even in the presence of good work-force, we lack improvement. The government has to do something to alleviate the unemployment. Until that has been dealt with precision, I am sure that we can’t move ahead and the ever increasing debt for Nepalese will never find its way back.
Well you will have an idea of the job scenario in Nepal when you go through my next few lines. The only job that the engineers are getting in Nepal is teaching. A person who has just finished his engineering is teaching the going to be engineers. That is like blind leading the blinds. If you go through the engineering colleges and other providing similar courses, spread around the country and coming up like the mushrooms, you will find engineers (freshers) teaching. I am not complaining that, but that should have been the last thing on the minds of the engineers which, I find today as the top most priority. None of the engineers would probably go for teaching this early. First he would like to work and see what he had studied and gained. But no application field is there to see what have we learnt!!!!!!! And thus, every year, we get to see the seasonal migration where by many skilled persons leave the country in search of work and money.
(This article was published in The Telegraph on Wednesday, 22 September 2004)
The million dollar question now is has anything changed in more than these two years. What do you say?