April 2009 - Posts

PTA approaches Nepal
With Haja sheriff, the director of PTA, south asia addressed the crowd in the DECC hall about this new program by microsoft. of course PTA not being any college name but to the contrary terms "To Deliver the benefints of technology to the underserved population through Public-Private Partnerships", This is the definiton given by Mr. Sherriff on the prospects of microsoft. He focused mainly on the region for the people for example the students in terms of education to lag behind in terms of the ICT utilizationof the technology resources is in the side of the teaachers who lag behind in ICT knowledge. The case study of Gautemala which iss similar to nepal in size, geography and how people look at the technology shown by the video given by Mr.Sheriff shingn owsus the penetraion of the ICt in the classrooms , the students learning enivironment and in the kives of the teacchers. the teachers who can buy a computer by paying 10$ a month with the joint collaboration of the government and the open future . this can help the teachers in the lower stage in ICT development. Wrapping up the talks with the talks with PTA approaches in the education,enterpreneurship,seniors, public health sectors, he told about the status of the PTA in nepal. PTA currently in Nepal is working with respective ministries , CIT, and Banks and also the concept paper has already been presented. Now PTA has it's next step step in the finalizing engagement and roll out work in progress. Conclusively, PTA intention is not to sell PC's to the people but to impart ICT education to the peole for the development of the world.

Posted: 04-30-2009 12:53 PM by swaabhimaan with no comments

Coordination solves the problems, say experts

The formal session of this conference was started by the Chairperson Juddha B Gurung, Executive Director of High Level Commission for IT (HLCIT), Co-chairperson Bimal Sharma, CIT Nepal (BRR), commentator Ramesh Adhikari, MS Nepal, and Speakers Sudip Aryal from Postal Service and Sudarshan Raj Sharma from PASS System Pvt.Ltd.

In this track, the coordination of the telecenters was the most concerned. According to the presenter, "We are here because of Microsoft Swaabhimaan 2066, after going from here we feel lack of communication and coordination between us". This hinted that those talks made in the past were not much fruitful. Participants said that talks were more rather than the implementation.

"Interaction between the major stakeholders, we have to make national level alliance so that it can be used effectively on the coordination of telecenters", said a presenter.

The session concluded that in the past there was always vertical coordination, there was no horizontal coordination between the telecenters. "Had there been a coordination between telecenters then there would not be problem of sustainability, maintenance and support". This infact is the greatest obstacle in the ICT Development.

Talks shall be converted into works, then only the importance of such conference will be felt in countries like Nepal.

 

(DN)

 

Posted: 04-28-2009 9:40 PM by swaabhimaan with no comments

Opportunities & Challenges to fill the gap between Academia & ICT Industry

Day 3   Hall - B

April 26, 2009 (Baisakh 13, 2066)

New Nepal Thru A Thriving Private Sector

 

C4: Opportunities & Challenges to fill the gap between Academia & ICT Industry                              

Time: 16:00 – 17:30

Chairperson:                         Shashin Dhar Joshi, Tribhuvan University

                Co-Chairperson:                   Pratima Pradhan, KEC College

                Commentator:                      Timila Yami Thapa

                Speakers:                               Naresh Shrestha, Principal, Prime College

                                                                Shailendra Jha, Brain Works Learning Solutions Center

 

 

This was the last session of day 3 in Hall B. Here, we had a lot of discussions related to the gap between the academia and industry requirements. Being a student myself, this topic was of most interest to me.

 

Firstly, we had Naresh Shrestha, Principal of Prime College who gave a presentation on Academia & ICT Industry Relations : At a Glance. Mr. Shrestha started with the brief introduction to ICT Programs of Various Universities, ICT Graduates in the Industry and the requirements of the Industry. In today’s context, what industry wants is PHP and Web Programming, .Net, JAVA  Programmer, Database, System Administration and System Programming, System Analyst and more but our academia doesn’t fulfill this requirement.

 

He focused on the fact that there exists a wide gap between ICT Industry and the Academia and there is a difference between what current ICT curricula of the universities provide and what industry requires. So, Initiatives are needed to create industry ready professionals as there was a severe shortage and Industry – Academia relation should be strengthened.

 

He also added that for Industry-Academia, a productive interface between academia and industry, in the present times of knowledge economy, is a critical requirement. A well-established and innovatively nurtured industry-academia partnership can be a win/win proposition in many dimensions and help both parties retain their leadership positions. Close interaction with industry members help the universities identify real-world problems and their solutions and incorporate them into the curriculum

 

“If your college is making so much profit by enrolling you, why should we teach you?”

This is one of the bitter comment that Mr. Shrestha received when he send some of his students for internship in a mobile company. Mr Shrestha believes that it’s a win-mill situation. So, both the academy and the industry should change their attitude towards each other.

 

After Mr. Shrestha’s presentation, we had Er. Shailendra Jha from  Brain Works Learning Solutions Center and Community Lead of Microsoft Community (Microsoft Nepal) who gave a presentation on Opportunities & Challenges to fill the gap between Academia & ICT .

 

Mr. Jha proceeded his presentations with the questions like WHAT? WHY? HOW? WHO? Which he fired one after the other two the audience and gave explanations to each.

 

He discussed a lot about

“why the students don’t get job even after being graduate?”

“why are we following the old curriculum which should have been updated years ago?”

“why are there so many title clashes?

“how will we distinguish between the job of BCT, BIT, BCIT and more?”

“if we have BIT in Nepal why not MIT?”

 

These were the few questions that every student related to technical field wanted to raise. He became the voice of all students which was being hammered repeatedly at the concerned department. And the students like me were really hoping that may be now when someone has raised his voice at this level, may be some change will actually occur. Finally, he concluded that

Curriculum Revision is the need of an hour

and we the students totally agree in this statement. Mr. Jha also brought to the light the problems related to the recognition of universities of Nepal in other countries.

 

Lastly, Mr. Jha showed some of the opportunities that has been created by Microsoft MDP Nepal and Microsoft Community for the academy as well as industry. He talked about the MSDN and TechNet Portals that has been launched for Nepal and from Nepal for developers and IT professionals to Elevate and Stimulate the IT knowledge. He also talked about the Academic Initiatives that has been taken. Some of them were donation of  32 MSDN Academic Alliances to 32 Universities providing free access to all Microsoft Softwares to students and faculties of this institutions, Live@Edu services to all academic institutions, CO3 computing one-on-one – 50 laptops for level 6 children Yagyamati School and more. He also added the Future Initiatives Like Launch of Micrsoft DreamSpark – providing free software to all Nepal Students, Launch of BizSpark – providing free software for Nepal Start-Up ISV’s and Student to Business internships and jobs with local companies.

 

After Mr. Jha’s presentations, Mrs. Pratima Pradhan from Kathmandu Engineering College kept her thoughts on how the students can go into the occupational jobs. As we can’t just wait for the curriculum to be revised and do nothing now, this is what she says

 

“spending a little extra money in .Net classes or the PHP classes outside of the institution would be a great help for students”

 

Mrs Timila Yami Thapa added that as she’s a mother she can’t see her children degrees become just a piece a paper. And so it is the same with every parent. So, if we have universities which are not well recognized outside the country, we should let those univerties know about these and make them take some steps. If we are not getting jobs, then we must fight for our rights.

 

Shashin Dhar Joshi from Tribhuvan University ended up the program by a very positive note that with the span of time, the curriculum will be revised and all the other sorts of problems related to academia and industry gap will be solved simultaneously. Initiatives have been taken,  just the follow up has to be done.

 

This was the last session and it was full of anger, frustrations and expectations from the students’ side and the explanations to all from the other side. Even if this discussion can pressurize the concerned department to the surface, we would take it as a great success.

 

HOPING FOR THE BEST RESULTS

 

(S.A.)

 

Posted: 04-28-2009 2:16 AM by swaabhimaan with no comments

Classes outside of the institution would be a great help for students

The discussions in the hall B on Opportunities & Challenges to fill the gap between Academia & ICT Industry was getting real hot. Most of the things were going against the academy and the students were really frustrated and the anger could be seen in their faces.

 

What they wanted was the change of the curriculum with a magic stick but everyone knows that it’s a difficult process.

 

Mrs. Pratima Pradhan from Kathamndu Engineering College put forward her thoughts which were quite satisfactory to most of the students. This is was what Mrs. Pradhan said.

 

“Research and not being able to compete with market is a problem but I think these days even the students lack a little bit of drive way. They must understand that it is not like our time. To go into occupational jobs, you got to be prepared, you got to be very competent. I have taken employment in KEC from various colleges, few professionals who have come from IT sector and doesn’t know how to program. During the first year when you take a project, during the 2 and 3 year, you should be able to go into your own field. They are not interested. So I think even from the students’ side and the staffs and the teachers’ side, there should be some consistency.

Even the parents should be aware. I think after SLC they must take some interest in the students. After intermediate, they are just left to themselves and these students are mostly into their teens. They are often misled. And

even spending a little extra money in .Net classes or the PHP classes outside of the institution would be a great help for them.

I believe even the parents are lacking behind in this. They should also encourage their own students, children to go ahead and prepare themselves for occupational.

So many Microsoft software packages have been given but how many are really working on it very hard? I think there is no consistency. The students are not regularly attending or taking interests. I think parents also play a great role in trying to make them understand what is require for the near future.”

 

 No wonder, as we can’t just wait for the curriculum to be revised and do nothing now, doing courses outside the institution is the only solution to meet the industry requirements.

 

 

(S.A.)

 

Posted: 04-28-2009 2:03 AM by swaabhimaan with no comments

Outsourcing Destination Nepal: Hits & Misses

On the third day of our track on Outsourcing Destination Nepal: Hits & Misses, we were honored to have speakers like Mr.Kiran Joshi, Incessant Rain, Animation Studios (P.) LTD; Commentator as Mr. Suresh Regmi, CEO, Professional Computers Systems; Co- Chairperson Mr. Bunty Agrawal, R&D Manager, Javra Software; and the most Respectful Chairperson Ms. Sita Baudel, CA Member.

  

 The session by Mr. Kiran Joshi and Mr. Rupesh Shrestha was quite informative. According to Mr. Kiran Joshi from Incessant Rain Nepal has comparative advantage in terms of wages over India and other developed South Asian countries? The growing talent and skill among Nepalese youth has provided the pool of resources. Call centers, medical transcriptions, software back office operations, insurance claims processing, web/ digital content development are some areas explored but Animation had been an unexplored area.

During the session, he talked a bit about the his company Incessant Rain Animation Studios which is Nepal’s first animation and visual effects studio and we also got an opportunity to see some of the work they have done which were fantastic. The animated videos of “HAPPY DIWALI” and the advertisement of Ace Bank were really fun to watch. Mr. Joshi also shared the unhappy experience of having his passport seized two times in the immigration office for no valid reasons and showed his dissatisfaction towards such acts.

Mr. Joshi takes managing resource as the biggest challenge and he exclaimed that it’s easy to train a fresher but very hard to teach the one who already knows how to work a thing. No wonder, that person knows how to do it, but in his own particular way and this really don’t help. It is very uncomfortable for the person to move in a different track than he is used to. That is why he says “Teaching old dogs new tricks is not viable”.

He also wants his co-workers to be responsible and more computer graphics programmers to come up. Meeting deadlines and multi tasking are the western work ethics that he has been following, and now he wants us to go with the same. Not to forget, Mr. Joshi is not among the one, who stops working or let other stop their work just because no electricity, bands and more. He says “If it is a band, come walking to the office. If you reach at 5 on that day, I will still consider it as a full day. And also no overtime in free.”

 Mr. Joshi also talked about many other facts related to outsourcing and his experiences and more. After his presentation, we had Mr. Rupesh Shrestha, Director of Link Tree Pvt. Ltd.

According to Mr. Shrestha, Nepal’s potential in outsourcing is just started to foster ahead. There are lots of Businesses, mass Employment opportunities, Foreign currency income waiting to start big. We have Enough Talent available or can be made available if we can nurture this industry in Nepal and identify ourselves as possible outsourcing destination. Software, Website, Animation, graphics, Telemarketing, Customer Support, chat support and Non-voice backend works are some of the areas currently Nepalese Companies are working on. Still lot of areas on KPO can be worked on. Also, the cost to outsource in Nepal is cheaper and quality can be bettered. 

He also added that though recognizably only few Outsourced and Off-shored companies are seen upfront in Nepal but surprisingly there are more than 30 companies in this line of business, specially doing Website and software works. Similarly many small call centers exist and existed but recognizably only two International Call Centers visibly seen. And, NTC and Spice have their local call centers running as well.

Mr. Shrestha also told us about the difficulties he went through while registering Link Tree in the registration office. At that era, our government policy didn’t allow the Call Centers and BPO’s to be registered as they are. So, he was asked to register it under a different group and carry on the work. He exclaimed with sorrow that hadn’t he known some of the people in the big post, his company would have either not been registered or would have been registered under the false group. Still there may be so many companies doing the same. So Mr. Shrestha emphasizes on

Call Centers and BPOs should be registered as Call Centers and BPOs and not as anything else.

He  also put forward other hurdles and difficulties that exists like frequent Bandh’s, load-shedding, Fuel shortages, new industry, working at night, family and social view and many more. He also wants people to understand that “working late night is not a sin that people have to gossip around.”

Mr. Shrestha also came up with a few suggestions like Recognizing BPO/KPO companies as Export Industry and tax subsidy for 5years to grow this Industry for higher confidence of business outsourcers and interested multinationals thinking about off shoring. He also added that the Line Ministry should be defined and there should be specific outline in IT Policy and many more.

Lastly, he talked about what makes a BPO company and the important departments for a BPO and ended his speech.  After Mr. shrestha’s presentation, Bunty Agrawal, R & d Manager of Javra, who was the co-chairperson added his words. 

 

Mr. Agrawal wanted to keep it short. He said that as a working environment, we lack responsibility in our Nepal. He believes if we develop that responsibility then the work ethics and the professionalism will come automatically. If we have responsibility in every level, we can compete with any country and no one can stop us.

He was really unhappy to say that our government lacks the ICT awareness. So, we have to build that.  He mentioned that even during the session, we came across various living examples. If we go to the register office and try to register some new kind of office then they don’t have such listing in their database. We can’t enroll many things in our Government holding and policy. So, things have to be revised with time and requirement. With some other useful suggestions, Mr. Agrawal ended his speech.

 

In the end, Mrs. Sita Baudel, CA member, expressed her words. She said that she was quite happy with the step that the Microsoft Swaabhimaan 2009 has taken to enroll all type of people and merge them. She said that she learnt a lot form this session and also that the various problems mentioned during the session hammers her a lot. She added that, till the people who are in the policy making don’t know about the existence of the particular subject, it’s impossible for them to enroll in their policies. It’s not intentionally but unknowingly. She was very positive about taking all the mentioned problems to the cabinet and showed interest in learning new technologies.

Here, the session ended. This session proved to be very interesting and fruitful. There were also lots of interactions with the audience. Even the audiences were so keen to Mr. joshi they can’t stop themselves to ask a question likeAs Hollywood is to the world, can Nepal be to the South-east Asia??

 

 

 (S.A., PD)

 

 

Posted: 04-27-2009 10:52 PM by swaabhimaan with no comments

Nepal can lead the Hollywood too.............

After the impressive speech of Mr.Kiran Joshi from Incessant Rain on the session of Outsourcing Destination Nepal: Hits & Misses eager audience didn’t left themselves asking a question like” As Hollywood is to the world, can Nepal be at-least to the South Asia in animation??”

 On which Mr. Joshi gave a pleasant smile and replied that not only to the South Asia but Nepal has the hidden potential to lead the entire world. He too said”We are getting more clients due to our previous work. They are convinced that the quality we are producing in Nepal is far superior to the quality that is produced in India and South-East Asia.  According to me, we are already at power with the U.S. market. What we haven’t been able to get there is scale. That is what we are trying to do. Within the next year or two, if we are able to make a large scale full-featured film, then I think we are right there. Till now, doing 4-5 minutes with quality, we have already got there. But, it’s the matter of scaling and once we have the scaling out there, we should be just like the studio that can compete internationally with any other studio.” Which gave a eco of clap in entire room. This could be possibly the answer that may raise the interest of Nepali student in animation also the Nepalese economy too.

  

(S.A., P.N., P D)

 

Posted: 04-27-2009 10:46 PM by swaabhimaan with 1 comment(s)

What for Microsoft Swaabhimaan 2066?

Actually, this blog post is in response to this post and its comments.  Personally, I want to make something very clear here. Firstly, I thought to put my words as a comment there but then I felt that new blog post in this issue would definitely throw more light in it. What I have discovered is that the whole event is focusing on some themed tracks and its implementation in the real world solutions particularly in context to Nepalese scenario but not in the whole ICT spectrum.

 

While the conference is mainly focusing on facilitating the government’s master plan for e-governance, security expects and rural computing, on the other part, the showcases are essentially betraying the status of present high demand software industry and its applicability here. So, in order to clearly present themselves (Microsoft Swaabhimaan 2066 team) in front of the public on their sole agenda, it’s quite prudential on their part that it didn’t call hardware solutions to come up in this event.

 

To speak their voice, the organizers doesn’t really expect a whole crowd of hotchpotch people, what their focal point on is just an enthusiastic, passionate and conscientious bunch of people who are really sincere to learn technology today and lead the country tomorrow.

(PK)

Posted: 04-27-2009 7:31 PM by swaabhimaan with no comments

Total Overview of E-governance

Total Overview of E-governance

E-Governance is the backbone of every country economic now. The country without E-Governance cannot be imagine and this session we talked about the implementation, challenges, initiation, Future plans and the suggestion the government that would be done of the successful implementation of E-Governance in presence of private sector, Government sector, NGO’s and INGO’s of our country.

 There we have talked about 7 different topics which are indispensible for the implementation of E-governance. Different topics covered in this session are:

1. E-governance master plan

2. Empowering government to serve citizens

3. Corporate Citizenship in Nepal

4. Land ownership database

5. Transaction Security

6. Standardization of data and nomenclature for e-governance services

7. Data Center

 

E-GOV master plan: (Hari Ram Koirala and Andrew Hodges)

This session was focused with the implementation of EGMP (E-Government Master Plan) from government level. With the rapid need for ICT development, there should be effort from everyone in giving contribution for it. The budgeting for ICT development has been separated but the work has not been done according to it. The representative from Prime Minister Office gave his presentation and gave idea about activities that government has already conducted and future plans. He also claimed that this year is the ICT revolution year and Swaabhimaan 2009 has added one step for this.

In the same session Mr. Hodges gave his speech on corporate citizenship. He explained how important CSR is for the company and government for implementation of EGOV and how Microsoft is providing CSR in Nepal. He also explained about the role of the Government and Company in CSR. He made clear that company search for the project that is beneficial to the public and their product and search for the public-private partner for its smooth running. CSR is part of win-win approach i.e. both the company and public will be benefited with this. Mr. Hodges gave the future planning of Microsoft for CSR as follow:

Already Completed:

1. Software donation

2. MSDN and TechNet Portals

3. MSDN-AA 4. Student-partners

5. Student Tec Clubs

As Future Plans

1. Dream Spark

2. BizSpark

3. S2B program

 

Land Ownership Database (Dilli Raj Bhandari):

The session started with saying “We don’t have proper record of all the land information, like total land, part owned by private sector and government too”. He gave the fact that if there is no digital system then we won’t have become able to identify the boarder of Nepal and India in Koshi flood area with old system but it was done using digital system. He also repeated that government don’t have actual data regarding the owner of the land in Koshi area so government don’t know how many actually become the landless and how many are claiming. He gave other realistic situation of different countries. Now, this all can be solved easily by using digital system, i.e. by using land ownership database. He also exposed the government progress towards this sector, its possibility, challenges. This is another major step to be taken for the government to migrate into the e-governance system.

Corporate Citizenship in Nepal (John T. Cann):

In this session Mr. Cann focused on CSR (Cooperate social Responsibility). Co-operate should be responsible to the society and build different development project which is related to company and beneficial to society too. This is also known as win-win approach of the business.

Inter-operability (Oliver Bell):

Inter-operability means connecting people, data and diverse system so that performances of task become easy, fast and reliable. Evaluation of inter-operability started from the origination PC and goes on increasing as the technology rises from client server method to web and now it’s being advance to seamless computing. Microsoft is also implementation this concept of Inter-operability by providing data portability, open connection, industry standard and open engagement. He also claimed Microsoft is the biggest open source company.

Transaction Security (Rajan Raj Pant): 

This is another important topic to transfer into e-governance. There are different issues regarding electronic transaction which should be considered is discussed in this session. Disadvantage of present system, advantage of electronic transaction, its possibility and present status is the major topics included. Digital signature for the security purpose was proposed from this session. Different present system ATM, VISA, SMART card are all limited with in single bank, this should be extended by the collaboration between different company and bank is first thing that can be implemented. Digital Signature is the solution and most important tools for e-transaction. We also know about how Digital Signature works, its purpose, implementation possibility and role of private, government, NGO and INGO are discussed. Security problem and different real incident are discussed related electronic transaction too. Present status in world and Nepal is also compared. Planning of the government and what should be done is also discussed. Question-answer session of this session is also the interesting and different realistic problem arise.

Standardization of data and nomenclature for e-governance services: (Manoj Kumar Gupta):

From this session we know why the standardization and nomenclature is necessary. Mr. Gupta made us clear that standardization means maintaining certain standard while naming the different e-components. He first gave the reasons for transferring into the e-transformation, advantages, effect in economy limitations of present system. He then proceeds with the definition of e-governance, ADB funds, and standardization. He claimed without the standardization and nomenclature of the terms used we can’t proceed successfully in this section. Question-answer session in this part is quite interesting and different issues regarding nomenclature. We also discuss about already nomenclature and what next should be nomenclature soon.

Data Center: (Dr. Subarna Shakya):

This session “Data Center” is one of the interesting and interactive program through which we get information about task done by Government improvement and future planning of government. This session gave a large blow of questions and the questions were really nice and implementation. He provided detail information about GICD its present representation, status and time taken to be in this place. Explaining about security system adopted and how it will solve present paper based task problem of the government. He thanked the KOICA and Korea for providing help during development and expose about promise of the KOICA after its implementation to expand and make it secure. Sharing Challenges of GICD and Role of the IT professional for its preservation, improvement and smooth running can’t be forgotten. He is optimistic about GICD because the president of this organization is Prime Ministry of the country.

(AB, RHR, PD)

 

Posted: 04-27-2009 2:05 PM by swaabhimaan with no comments

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E-Governance- People give 5 out of 5

At the end of session Mr. Allen Bailochan tuladhar, The Country Manager, Microsoft MDP Nepal had make a collection of feedbacks thought the session was becoming more and more interesting. It was too exciting know that the Participate has rated the program with 5 STARS, not only that they too appreciate the coverage area of the participation i.e. all the private sector, Government sector NGO’s, INGO”s but they were disappointed because of the absence of leading political leader which too had made us sad. Involvement of donor in Nepali social Company was a great feedback and also publishing the summary of the conference progress report of upcoming conference success was a great idea. Separation of group for the conference for the benefit of the audience as well presenters and Organizing the program with all the concerned sectors such as NGO’s, INGO’s, Private sector, Government sector, Political Parties and many more so that can conclude and make final decision and make future plan were the best suggestion we received. Most Importantly, Microsoft Swaabhimaan was appreciated a lot for all the efforts shown by the organizers, the hospitality displayed. The only fear in the mind of the participants is that, “Will these decision be Implemented?” We hope this fear live  no longer.

 (AB, RHR, PD)

Posted: 04-26-2009 7:45 PM by swaabhimaan with no comments

Swaabhimaan 2066 day 3, e-governance, Data Center

Under the co-ordination of Chairperson  Mr. Umesh Mainali, Secretary, MoEST; Co-Chairperson Mr. Shailendra Raj Bhandari; Speaker Dr. Subarna Shakya, Executive director, Nepal Information Technology Center, Government of Nepal gave a presentation on Government Intregated Data Center (GIDC) implementation in Nepal with the E-Gov system Architecture. On his presentation he gave a project priority on which he added that platform is needed for E-Gov to success and basic element should be define first.  He define the data center as a centralized location for the storage, management, processing and exchange of data and the main objective of it is to improve IT infrastructure for E-Government. He informed the audience that the project had already been started and the hosting of the websites is already started, which is unstoppable i.e. can access any time. There were too some snap shot of under construction of the GIDC Nepal and its infrastructures.

The comment section was a very interesting one, audiences gave the implementation
of telecenter and the data center for rural area. He has also given the progress report of the project done with the assist of the koica the government of the korea. He also told that building of the data center of the government successfully within the 9months of the starting, which is within the plan.

(PD, AB, RHR)

Posted: 04-26-2009 3:17 PM by swaabhimaan with no comments

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Swaabhimaan 2066 ,Day2, e-governance ,land ownership database

some facts
out of 5, 1 is without land world fact

commitments reggarding land

transprancy, compherensive, and ...............
our role
political awarness
national issues


without the land database it is not possible for the land policy

why?
ownership and security purpose
speed
security
store land database


he shown the map of the koshi flood sitution.
there is no any proof against the ownership claim
there is no database about the land over there so it's unknown how many becomes victim
people claiming for the government land are unknown whether they are actually victim and needy one.
unknown of private or government office
is people working in the land are owner of the land. there is no any real database.
because of these we need to keep land database


map is not sufficent for keeping the information.
file is in the oldsystem
security of the land for the owner


customer groups:


user requirement


benefits
high performance
data sharing
productiveness.
better service
high productive

is database the last aim?
No it is for people, so database should be able to give the important information to the public
and send the information to the center database and search from the net so that it is searchable
accessable from any part of the world.
ortho photo is the information created by the napi behabhag for the information about the land.


SAARC database

comment from the chair person:
   he said he didn't get the proper information about the project and he is also not satisfy about
the role of the organization as only to summarize the words of the presentor.
he also said that it should be cleared for the partcipation to provide the paper of the task
that is going to be covered in the presentation.

 

Posted: 04-26-2009 3:14 PM by swaabhimaan with no comments

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Swaabhimaan 2066, Day 2, e-governance, Corporate citizenship in Nepal

Jon Camp
==>Richa Sharma as tranlator
- Corporate Social responsibility. Interface between company and society.
- he made idea clear about why companies have CSR, by giving an exaample of Indonesia. The coropration of society has made easier life of people.
  Company gives corporte citizenship to their people since it increases the company profit. He clarified his point by giving example of the people
  working in a carpet factory. Company can give charity to villages or other social works.

CSR is for all over development, it is for the development of  citzens,companies. The implementaion of the CSR depend on the government.


How to do CSR?
 understand the social needs, assign a meaningful projects that is sustainable and Seek public- private parternerships.
* One commentator described nepal Hydropower as CSR.
Another said is CSR demanded subject and said it as a interesting subject
    his reply:if someone wants to build factory, they sholud do things community needs.
The session was very useful and very interactive someone from mass commented.

Microsoft starting point:-"to enable people and business throught the world to realize their full poential"

 
Microsoft in Nepal
He discussed about different works that microsoft has been providing to Nepal. Some of them are:-
-software donations
-msdn and technet portals
- Academic initiatiaives  and 32 universities covered for 63 student partners   63
   live@edu
  50 laptops to Yalamati School
-Future initiative
  dreamsparks  free softwares to students
   bizSpark  studnet-to-business job experienc
  microsoftcom/s2b

:It takes more than great products to make a great company  Bill Gates.

Commentator:-
he gave telecenter example as non-profit agency and it is not going good. We can increase by CSR. So CSR plays
an important role inc society and it should be used in every field.

Chairperson:
laxmi saraswati durga-  wealth knowledge strenght
moving with technologgy is very important
the MS has innovated a way ahead in technology.

Q/A
Q.1   Timila mam  
   why Software fre ??? Should;nt there be two way communication beetwen MS and we so that there are
benifits to everyone?

one took his head ahead from the audiences for the telecenter possibilities And he blamed govt and he told that even in Kathmandu
the govt is not able to provide full flexed telecenter.

Implememtation is the st. fwd thing. Govt is the one to implement .

Oliver Bell  commented about the telecenter and use of world mostly used Windows Xp.

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Swaabhimaan 2066, Day 2, e-governance, Egov Master Plan for Nepal

 The starting of the session was by Allen B. Tuladhar.

The session includes:
Chairperson:       Juddha B Gurung,Executive, High Level Comission for IT
Co-chairperson: Ananda Raj Khanal, Nepal Tele Communication Authority
Commentator:    Suresh Karna, President, CAN
Speakers:          Hari Ram Koirala, Acting Secretary,Prime Minister and Council of Minister's Office
        Andrew Hodges, Regional Director,Microsoft


     Hari Ram Koirala
Topic : ICT Devlopment Project in Nepal in connection with eGMP
 he started his speech with a word "Every Project have a mission". this year is the starting of the
ICT revolution.The country needs the implementation of the ICT to develop a country like nepal.
The formulation of eGMP i.e. E-government Master Plan provides realv opportunities to the people
to take part in the ICT revolution. Different citizen center services needs to be established
to develop a knowledge based society. The disadvantages of traditional governance was contrasted with
the new e-governance concept. ICT budget has been allocated to develop ICT in Nepal.

ICT budget
 - 64 million prastabit
 - programs selected for ICT development Project budget
 - different districts of Far-western and other regions are 38 districts selected.
Activities done as for the ICT Develpoment
Rural communicatiion   
 - wireless broadband network
 - telecenter
 - village networks
 - computer mobilization
Gorn network  
 - Enterprise architecure
 
E-govt application s           
E-governances
Ministry given to the ICT development
Project Steering Comittee
Project Management unit

2nd speaker
Andrew Hodges
Empowering Government to serve citizens

Microsoft Citizen Service Platorm
Utlise some of the learnin g
Local govt  in a Globla world
 Nedd of the e-govenance
 citizen connectiveity
 Citiees need dynami s
 traditinal issues
 democracy
Linear view of e-govenment evolution
 Presence
 Interaction
 Transaction
 Transformation
 Eg Sweden UK Norway Austria
New Flat model Gov 2.0 model
 gov t staring to imolemt the web 2.0
 People include
managing costa and dekleivery of thebuiness strategies
collection of the funds
in uk that was one of the process

richer interaction
he focuesed on considering different ways to ingteract with the ctiizens
all dont have a PC so how to interact
different medias can be used as messanger services

application framework   citizen platrom service

change process withn the govt
quality of services that govt is providi g is the main thing

people competenciesz
typical nepli citzin that is going interact with the govt level and provide the peoples query

ciizens post theri views to community

he gave different view about different country in the field of e-gov
multilingul call center

He discussed about traditional process and how that can be avoided with the e-governance

contact center traffic contre

emerging traffic application can be used to respond to the climatic changges,sunamis and all can get updates

Links:-
microsft.com/csp
citizenserviceplatform.com
codeplex.com/csp

He summarized his points....


how govt can provide the fasted sercvices to people
different agencies started alradey
in cintext merchantile is at top at privatea an d NTC at public sectir
ADB ko sahyog ma ICT development Project need to go speed all sholud be readyfor the change
we are not able to get the services that govt is providin g and we all need to

End of session   11:30

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Swaabhimaan 2066, e-governance, Standardization of Data & Namenclature for eGov Services

Swaabhimaan 2066, day 3
E-governance

Session 2:- Standardization of Data & Namenclature for eGov Services

Title:- Standardization of Data & Namenclature for eGov Services
 A Data Warehouse Approach
By:-    Manoj kumar Gupata
   
==>Topics that will be presented

ICT and its impact
Global Economy
Need for e-Transformation
e-Governance
e-Government
Potential  Benefits
Nepal’s context
ADB Funds
eGov. Services
Priority Application Selection Criteria
Enterprise Architecture
Unstandardized Architecture
Standardization
Why Standardization?
Some Important Terms
What is Data Warehouse?
Different types of data
Standardization of Data
Nomenclature for eGov. Services
Recommendations

 

#ICT and its impact:
growth of the ict have been improvving rapidly. there is also the impact of the politics in this sector. ICT is the major issue that directly effect economic condition of the coutry. He showed the impact of ICT and its data has changed a
There is need a tremenmdous effect for tramsformation.There is a need for e-transformation. Going to e-trans
fermation to e-governance, the e-governance is "the interaction between government and citizens and
 government and businesses is is about fundamentally rethinking the waay public service delivery happens improved efficiency and services improvement are the two potential benefits. all the act that exist is to be updated. govenment should be go with the plan/ there is also different funds provided for the NEPal they are AOB's PPTA.
different egov services that exist in the presence nepal are Vehicle Registration (G2C)-Name transfer, Blue Book renewal


Definitions of e-government.
“-the use of Internet technology and protocols to transform agency effectiveness, efficiency, and service quality”
     (Stephen Barr).

“-the continuous optimization of service delivery, constituency participation and governance transforming internal and external relationships through technology, the Internet and new media” (Gartner Group).

“-the delivery and administration of government products and services over an IT infrastructure” (Detlor and Finn).

“- eGovernance is the public sector’s use of the most innovative information and communication technologies, like the Internet, to deliver to all citizens improved services, reliable information and greater knowledge in order to facilitate access to the governing process and encourage deeper citizen participation” (UNPA & ASPA).

There is need of IT implementaion. The implementaion
of EGMP is needed and ADB has supported a lot like:

ADB Funds
 ADB’s PPTA prepared investment plan worth 64 Million USD.
 The proposed Projects
  Rural e-Community (15.3 Million).
  Wireless Broadband Networks
  Village Networks
  Tele-centers
  Community Mobilization and Capacity Building

 Government Network (11.5 Million).
  Government Information and Data Center.
  Government Groupware.
  Government Connectivity.

 E-government Applications (27.6 million).
  Priority e-government applications

 Human Resource Development (2.8 Million)

 Project Management Consultants (1.0 Million)

e-gov services
-----------------

The following existing systems will be automated:
Ø      Vehicle Registration (G2C)-Name transfer, Blue Book renewal
Ø      Pollution checking, driving license exam and issuance
Ø      Registration of Cottage and Small Industries (G2B)
Ø      E-approval-Document Management System (G2G)
Ø      E-procurement (G2B)
Ø      Company Registration (G2B)
Ø      E-postal Service (G2C)
Ø      Government Accounting System-Disbursement Centers (G2G)
Ø      Personal Management System (Civil Service Records) (G2G)
Ø      E-HMIS (Ministry of Health) (G2G)
Ø      Revenue (G2B)
Ø     E-VAT (Integration with e-Gov Umbrella) (G2B)
Ø     E-PAN (Integration with e-Gov Umbrella) (G2B)
Ø     E-Filling (Integration with e-Gov Umbrella) (G2B)
Ø     E-TDS (Integration with e-Gov Umbrella) (G2B)
Ø      NID (G2C)
Ø      Vital Registration (G2C)
Ø      Birth Registration
Ø      Death registration
Ø      Marriage Registration
Ø      Divorce Registration
Ø      Relationship Certificate
Ø      Migration Certificate
Ø      Excise (G2C)
Ø      Local Government planning, budgeting and monitoring (G2G)
Ø      Public Service Commission (G2C and G2G)
Ø      Investment, Trade and Supplies System (G2B)
Ø      Online Jobs and Recruitment abroad (G2C)
 E-education (G2C)

#standardization:
the process of describing the stander of the product so that all the products will have the same
feature and it is assured too.

Data Warehouse
    A Data Warehouse is a Subject-oriented,
    integrated, time-variant, non-volatile
    collection of data in support of management’s
    decision-making process.

A joint project of High Level Commission for Information Technology (HLCIT) and
Information Management for Global Existence (IMAGE) and developed by National
Code Standardization Project (NCSP) is National Standard Code for Information
Inter-exchange (NSCII), which has aimed at facilitating consistent flow of data
and information across different development and functional sectors (Ministries, Department,
Agencies, NGOs, Bank, Organizations and Institutions, etc.) of the country, and envisioned
to establish an environment of common data language to allow an efficient and effective
development planning, monitoringk and evaluation.

At last he gave some recommedations:-
Think big, start small and scale fast
Training on standardization of data and its nomenclature for eGov. Services is necessary to
the IT Officers of different organizations
e-Government Data Warehouse should be maintained on the basis of the Standardized Data
Knowledge of the ICT infrastructure existing within an organization should be disseminated to the rural areas as well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Swaabhimaan Day 3, E-governance, Transaction Security

Swaabhimaan 2066, day 3
E-governance

The day 3 of the Swabhimaan has started late due to some problems.
Today e-governance track has 4 sessions.
1. Standardization of Data & Namenclature for eGov Service
3. National Citizen Database
4. Transaction Security

Session 1st:- Transaction Security

The sesssion was started by chairman and told aabout the transcation security and its needs.

Title-  Office of Controller of Certification
By:-    Rajan Raj Panta
 Government of Nepal
 Ministry of Environment, Science & Technology

==>  His paper  content
 a. Electronic Transaction
 b. Secure Electronic Transaction
 c. Digital Signature
 d. Set-up Requirement
 e. About OCC
 f. ETA 2063
 
Electronic Transaction incudes simple corresponding like mail to Business Transaction
Education Transaction,Travel Trade Transaction,Government Transaction,Financial Transaction.
Most popular example is the E-commerce and online trade. Electronic money
has afffected Nepal. Credit Card System can be used for the shopping or other
transaction. After doing all these the elecgronic settlement needs to be made.
The problem is that the system or payment done is not authenticated. The negative
part should be authenticated. The security issue is the main thing and the unauthorized
access sholud be blocked. He clarified by giving an example of Bankok hotel and the
payment done by the person. His money was lost from his account within 20 mins he has
out from hotel. The confidentiality should be kept so that the info can be protected.

#how to make the electronic transaction secure and safe.
 There may be different types of the electronic transaction such as finacial, educational and many more.
the most common type of electronic transaction is e-commerce. he also focused in the atm as the
electronic transaction. how the money is exchanged between client and the bussiness
man can made the safe transactionl. both the buyer and the seller is unknown so that it is
great task to make identification. the security system comes here to be safe and secure. there may
be different issues for the theft of the security key. how to make this transaction safe and be
private so that unauthorized person cannot access these key.

concept of the security.
use of thee differnt security tools, persons for performing the task, technical problems solu tion
should be planned before provideing it. it      should be immediately solved if any problem appers


Signature is proof of identity or used to represent the intention of informed consent.
Why digital signature required?

He gave clear difference between the manual and digital signatures. He gave problems
with paper based signatures. The paper based signature can be changed easily and all
the signatures of a person may not match exactly.The signature of the person cannot be
identified easily. It is difficult to detect fraud.
He made idea clear about "Can't I just use an image of my signature and be done with it?"
The image can be copied and can be repeatedly used.
if there is an manual signature we can modify it easliy. there is no any identification method
whether the receiver get the document send by the sender or not. there is no any assurance that if the
user make different signs that shouldn;t be the same. if the paper is lost then there is the real
contraction appears.
solution for this may be the copy of the text image into the digital form by sc anning
is this the right solution:
no there may be differnt problems such as theft, duplication and unauthorized used.


Differences between paper signature vs digital signatures.

Parameter                                      Paper                                                 Electronic
Authenticity                         May be forged                              Can not be copied
Integrity                              Signature independent                   Signature depends on the contents of the document
Non-repudiation               Handwriting expert needed         Any computer user
                                            Error prone                                     Error free 

Electronic record are very easy to make and can be copied at any time so the security
should be maintained.The code is taken as the signature. Trusted software is used
to authenticate using PKI(Public Key ) method. It contains two keysL-
 1. public key -
 2. private key - sholud'nt be made out.

#how digital signature works
 sender sends the message with the public key when he enters the private key then the message and the
signature goes with each other such that public key is encrypt with the hash function and the receiver
decryption it with the software and compare both the public key if it is varified then it is sure that the sender
is the owner who wants.

#certfication authority
 Sthis is the most important part of the egov, they are the gov assigned agency who assigns the
digital signature to the public.


"The Electronic Transactions Act (ETA) provides a uniform state legal framework for
electronic transactions. This gives them the same legal weight as equivalent paper
based processes and wet signatures."

 


   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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