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Thursday, 11 September 2008 17:01
Nepal Rural Information Technology Development Society (NRIDS) was established in 2004with the objective of bringing IT awareness and services to people living in rural areasthroughout Nepal. The fact that Nepal has failed to embrace the information revolution over thelast ten years means that as a country we have fallen further behind the developed world, ratherthan gaining ground. Everyone would agree that Nepalese people who are involved in
agriculture, education, construction, and tourism can benefit greatly from access to the Internetand web technologies, just as residents of other countries have. If only these people could havetheir eyes opened to how business and education is carried out in the developed world, businesswould prosper, and students would be benefited. The problem is that much hard work is neededto provide computer access and training to rural areas in Nepal, and, as it stands, very little isbeing done to rectify the shortcomings in ICTsThis work began with te endorsement of the Syangja District Development Committee; themembers of NRIDS have been formulating a blueprint to convert Syangja into the modeldistrict for an information revolution in Nepal. With the go of time this movement has beenextended in Kaski and Dang District as wel. The Members of NRIDS are working now for the
formulation of Strategies throughout the Rural Nepal. This blueprint is based around theestablishment of Community Information Centers (CICs) in villages where there is currently an
extreme shortage of information and information processing mechanism. A CIC, with theinvolvement and support of local business people, teachers, serviceman, and young people,
have been established in different villages; Mayatari, Karendada, Bagalthok, Lampata,Bayatari, Helu,PragatiNagar,Rajasthal,ThuloPadhera, Badkhola, Pokhari Chour in Syangja;Kaskikot , Astam in Kaski; and Rampur , Laxmipur in Dang district.A CIC is a place where anyone can have access to the tools and services of the and receive assistance in making use of them. These include but are not limited toCyber Cafés, Information Kiosks and all Public Computer Access Points e.g. Public
Libraries, Computer Colleges and Computer Laboratories for other Institutions of Learning.These are quickly becoming a tool for economic and social development in the world.
CIC is designed not for the big talks of ICT but to make the local people aware what ICT is.It is concerned with how the local people can get benefited from the ICT such as how can
even a farmer get benefits from it. NRIDS is carrying its activities with belief that the oneand only alternative that Nepal can compete in the today’s global world is through ICTs.It aims at providing the local community with an environment where the people can increasetheir skills, expertise and professionalism with the help of ICT in their respective field. Theprimary objective of NRIDS is to create ICT awareness in the grass root level. The majorconcern of NRIDS is to well acquaint the community in ICT development for the community,by the community and with the community.