KATHMANDU: With their innovative idea titled ‘Road Safety Campaign in Society’‚ the students from Madhya Paschim Nursing Campus from Nepalgunj bagged the Enterprise Challenge 2010 award.
Designed for students aged 16-21 from technical and vocational institutes across the nation‚ the Challenge was organised by British Council Nepal with support from Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT). The winning team was awarded the winning shield and a cheque of £1‚000 to implement the project plan at an event organised on December 22.
After awarding the winners‚ Shankar Pandey‚ Secretary at Ministry of Education stated‚ “Britain has been supporting Nepal for the development of the education sector since long ago. We hope to work with Britain as Nepal’s counterpart in the education sector in coming days also.”
“Organised on a regional basis‚ a competition was held between five best teams representing technical and vocational institutes from Eastern‚ Central‚ Western ‚ Mid Western and Far Western Development regions‚” informed Ashim Kharel‚ project officer at British Council‚ about the participants.
The other institutes participating in the Challenge were Seti Mahakali Nursing Campus‚ Kanchanpur‚ Tansen Nursing School‚ Palpa‚ Balaju Schoool of Engineering and Technology‚ Kathmandu and Uttarpani Technical School‚ Dhankuta.
Sharmila Thapa‚ a member of the winning team‚ presenting her team’s idea before the audience said‚ “We aim to reduce the number of accidents and remove fear and anxiety of the people about accidents. For this we will launch awareness programmes and partnerships with insurance companies and local traffic authorities.”
Informing about the selection procedure‚ one of the judges of the Challenge‚ Upendra Pokharel said‚ “Among all ideas presented‚ we chose the best one that was innovative‚ practical and had the possibility of self sustainability.”
Dr Robert Monro‚ Country Director of British Council Nepal said‚ “Enterpreneurship is the key to the development and success of Nepal. Through this competition‚ we are encouraging young people to come up with innovative ideas.”