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HR Society and KDBC organized Industry Academia Meet

Kathmandu, March 17: Members of academia, business professionals and government bureaucrats sat together to discuss ways to address Nepal’s unemployment problems and equip the country’s human resources with skills, knowledge and technology so as to find permanent cure to Nepal’s chronic brain drain and utilize labor force for growth and development . In “2 nd Industry Academia Meet” organized by Human Resources Society of Nepal (HRSN) and Kathmandu Don Bosco College (KDBC), the participants raised various problems facing Nepal in terms of job creation and transforming labor force into knowledge resources.

Pratap Pathak, former-secretary of Ministry of Labor and Employment, said Nepal should stop relying on foreign employment. “Foreign employment itself does not lead to development. It’s only a bridging strategy, a kind of crisis management tool,” he said. Dr Ghanashyam Lal Das, Vice Chancellor of Purbanchal University, shed light on how policy makers and planners have hindered job creation through their inability to manage job-related issues. “Nepal is not a poor country; it is a poorly managed country. We have failed to properly manage our economy.” Prof. Das stated that KDBC is one of the reputable institutions within Purbanchal University and appreciated the efforts of KDBC in different dimensions.

Sugat Ratna Kansakar, Managing Director of Nepal Airlines Corporation said blaming politics alone won’t help. “Democracy is a politically unstable system. We need to move on amidst the difficult situation with commitment and honesty.”

Hari Bhakta Sharma, President of CNI urged to establish manufacturing industries in the country for sustainable development. Mr. Sharma spoke about the difficulties caused by trade unions and poor working culture inside the country.

Prof. Subas KC, Dean, School of Management of Kathmandu University admitted the gap between industries and academia. He committed that his university will work closely with the industries to minimize the gap. In the same way, Dr. Karna Bir Poudyal, Dean of Pokhara University highlighted the need of competent human resource for the country.

Speakers focused on the need to tailor our education in line with the requirements of job markets and industries. They called the government and private sectors to invest more on infrastructure to create more jobs. The program ended with set of recommendations to all stakeholders to make Nepal’s labor force employable both in and outside of the country. Chairman of Kathmandu Don Bosco College, Prof. Sriram Bhagut Mathe had moderated the panel discussion. Dr. Mathe stressed on the need for excellent education to produce quality human resources and stated that KDBC will continue to work with the industries to create a better Nepal. Mr. Kumar Joshi, President of Human Resources Society Nepal, had chaired the inaugural session. “This is our attempt to bring to public forum Nepal’s human resources problems and find ways to solve them through discussion,” said Madhu Paudel, General Secretary of Human Resources Society Nepal.

Highlighting the objective of the program, Mr. Kapil Dev Regmi, Executive Director of Kathmandu Don Bosco urged that Industry and Academia should work together especially in Business education to minimize the existing gap. The program took place in Hotel Radisson, Lazimpat.

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