On March 6, 2014, Hon. Former Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai visited the Deerwalk premises at Sifal, Kathmandu, to deliver a talk on the IT sector, youth and the Nepali economy. The program began at 1:30 PM with a visit around the offices to observe the state-of-the-art technological facility of the company, following which the talk program was held.
Surendra Adhikari, Campus Chief of Deerwalk Institute of Technology welcomed the speakers. Dr. Rudra Pandey, the Executive Chairman of Deerwalk, began the introductory speech by describing “who we are, what we do, and what we want.” He highlighted that Deerwalk had engineers and students from 46 districts of Nepal, 20% of whom were women. Almost a quarter of the engineers in the company had a Master’s degree with 40% of them from foreign institutions. His desire to open the Deerwalk Institute of Technology was because he saw a lack of applied education in many of the educational institutions in Nepal. He concluded by urging the government and political parties to encourage foreign investment through special provisions to foreign companies and asked the students to be politically engaged and to contribute to the country.
Dr. Bhattarai outlined the reasons for Nepal’s underdevelopment. He said there was a need to launch a digital literacy campaign throughout Nepal, particularly in rural areas where 80% of Nepal’s population lives. He requested bright students to work in Nepal and contribute to the development of the country. The destructive part of the revolution which sought to demolish age old feudal structure was now over and the constructive phase has now begun, he said. In this phase, the ICT sector can play a very positive role. He highlighted the role the IT sector can play in increasing transparency in political parties and governance. He also said IT can play a leading role in healthcare, education and other such essential services by becoming a leader of the knowledge industry. He lamented the neglect of the Science and Technology Ministry and said that for the country to develop, we need to utilize both natural and human resources and that the IT industry can facilitate in the growth and development of other sectors as well.
The program concluded with a question and answer session, after which Dr. Bhattarai joined managers from the company and the college for tea.