Experts provide a wealth of information
and ideas on information technology
Conference on Information Technology, Communications
Edited by Gaurab Raj Upadhyaya
and Alfred Diebold
Published by Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung,
As countries around the world are busy
harnessing advances in information technology for development,
Nepal is yet to formulate coherent policies to encourage
its people to participate in the endeavor.
Following the appointment of Bhakta
Bahadur Balayar as Minister of State for Science and Technology,
the government announced a plan to train Nepalese youth
in some areas of information technology. But it will take
some time for that effort to begin yielding results.
This book provides a compelling case
for urgent action in this field. A compilation of articles
presented at the International Conference on Information
Technology, Communications and Development, the volume
offers a wealth of information and ideas on what has come
to be defining feature of the contemporary world.
"In the book, we have articles
on all the conference themes. Similarly, we have incorporated
many papers that [were] not presented in person at the
conference. We hope that conference delegates and others
who are using this book as a reference materials on information
technology, communications, and development will find
it useful," say Gaurab Raj Upadhyaya and Dr. Alfred
Diebold in their preface.
Organized by the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung
with support from the Computer Association Nepal, the
first International Conference on Information Technology,
Communication and Development helped to identify areas
of potential and to understand the global perspective.
The papers presented at the seminar
by experts give some insights and knowledge on the present
context of advanced technology in the area of information.
The book comes out at a time when large number of Nepalese
recognize the importance of information communication
technology to bringing qualitative change to their work.
"As technology advances, the gap
between the information haves and have-nots is widening.
The digital divide becomes more and more apparent. To
discuss these issues, the FES and CAN planned this conference,"
says Dr. Diebold.
The book is a compilation of 51 papers
presented at the seminar. Written by senior scholars,
international web designers, professor and policy makers
of various government organizations, the presentations
range from technological aspects to the other features.
Some of the Nepalese authors presented
papers on the importance of information technology in
the context of rural development programs. In his article
on "Role of Renewable Energy Technology for Information
Applications in Rural Areas of Nepal", Professor
Jagan Nath Shrestha, director of the Center for Energy
Studies discusses the importance of information technology
in the context of Nepalese rural development.
From South Asia to other parts of the
world, the papers presented at the seminars explain different
scenarios and situations of the development of information
technology in the world. In his paper, "Bridging
the Digital Divide - Some efforts from Kerala," Ajay
Kumar, Secretary to Government of Kerala, southern India,
highlighted the difficulties in providing technology to
From the perspective of web, Vijaya
Pratap Singh Aditya, Honey Bee Network India, discusses
knowledge network for grassroots innovators. Other articles
highlight the importance of computers in universities.
Valerie Chandler Greenberg of the University of Texas,
Austin discusses the importance of digital communication.
Soni Rana, Rabi Bhattarai and Dr. Anton
Fric highlight the importance of information technology
in various sectors of development. The book is a valuable
primer on the evolution and prospects of information technology.
The National News Magizine, VOL. 22, NO. 03, JUL 12 -
JUL 18, 2002.