I have been planning to visit Nepal since last 25 years. My this dream came true just this week by visiting Deerwalk Institute of Information Technology to participate in International event ICT4D . Now I feel that my visit was not only concerned to participate and contribute for the IT4D event but it remained exciting, adventurous, and rewarding. The words become short to express my feelings. Fantastic experience of Nepali smile and Namaste was noted everywhere.
Of course, first and foremost objective of the visit was: to attend ICT4D event, to deliver my keynote, to share my success stories in terms of academic collaboration and achievements to motivate participants and young faculty, to chair technical session, to get insight about research and development in the area of ICT in Nepal, to develop networking and so on. Though, I visited more than 100 universities/Institutes of several countries like UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, USA, Canada, Japan, Romania, Netherlands, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Pakistan, UAE in my 35 years of academic career, when Mr Ritu Raj Lamsal took me around DWIT, and after having discussions with faculty and students, without any exaggeration I would like to say that DWIT is a small beacon of excellence for imparting quality undergraduate education in the field of Computer Science and Information System in Nepal. In my opinion, it is high time for DWIT to embark upon Masters program.
Traveling to different visiting places was also a great experience. Be it Pashupati Nath temple, Be it Chandragiri, Be it Mahaboudha, Be it Bakhtapur, Be it Shiva Temple of Sanga, Be it Swayambhunath, Be itLord Vishnu Budhanilkantha temple, Be it temple of Changu Narayan, Be it adventurous mountainous trip of Nagarkot, you really have heavenly feelings everywhere.
I feel my trip was highly rewarding to meet Notable Alumnus of my university Dr Rudra Raj Pandey and to know that he has achieved many mile stones of his career and has been contributing significantly in empowering Nepalese student with the emerging trends in Computer Science and Information Technology needed for digital transformation for benefit of local and global communities.
Last but not least, I am thankful to Surendra Nath Adhikari, Hitesh Karki, Ritu Raj Lamsal, and all team of IT4D at DWIT for unforgettable hospitality. My wife and I really felt it like at home. It will be unfair, if I do not mention good company of two volunteers Dheeraj, and Sidharat for their nice company during visits to holy places.
I highly recommend academicians from all around the word to plan your visit for next IT4D 2019 in this beautiful country to develop academic collaboration in the best interest of humanity. God Bless us All.