Bridging the university-industry gap

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KATHMANDU: With an objective to minimise the gap between university and information technology (IT) industry, Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) Association of Nepal organised the Second University Industry Tie Up programme on December 2 at Tribhuvan University (TU), Kirtipur.

The programme intended to find support — regarding internship and job opportunities — for students of CSIT from stakeholders concerned.

Around 500 students pursuing CSIT course in 15 different colleges took part in the seminar where they got to know about current situation of IT market through representatives of the industry, government organisations and different academicians.

The seminar began after Chirik Shova Tamrakar, Dean of Institute of Science and Technology, TU, inaugurated the event. It was followed by the speech of Asst Prof Tanka Nath Dhamala, Head, Central Department of CSIT, who shared about history of CSIT as a course.

Meanwhile, Binay Bohara, President of Internet Service Provider Association of Nepal talked about the history and current situation of Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Nepal along with its opportunities and challenges.

Manohar Kumar Bhattarai, Former Vice Chairman of High Level Commission for Information Technology (HLCIT), opined that the world is heading towards emerging advanced technologies and even the students and university should be updated with them. However, while the university has traditional education system, the market is technologically advanced as per Bhattarai which has created the gap between university and IT industry.

Tamrakar, meanwhile, agreed that there are limitations in our education system. And she pointed out the need to change the existing system of university and colleges. She even welcomed any proposal or agenda for betterment.

Meanwhile, some companies had put up their stall at the seminar the students of CSIT could inquire about the company and submit their resumes for the internship

opportunities.

Also, Bishwash Dhakal, CEO of F1 Soft and Shree Khanal, Coordinator of Himalyan AQL Server User Group gave presentations on topics ‘Information Communication Technology Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Database’ respectively at the event.