Namaste and Welcome to Nepal! The Himalayan country conjures up the images of snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills. Indeed, out of ten tallest mountains of the world, eight stand in Nepal, making Nepal a mountaineer’s dream.
Nepal , a small country with an area of approximately 147181 sq kms is diverse geographically as well as ethnically with more than 61 ethnic groups and 70 spoken languages. You will find rich cultures and vibrant traditions, exquisite temples and monuments as well as fast flowing rivers and tropical jungles teeming with wildlife, making your trip an unforgettable experience. It is a multicultural, ethnic and multi-lingual country. All the people from different races and religions live in harmony and there is an ideal blending of Hinduism and Buddhism.
But Nepal has much more to offer than just the high breathtaking Himalayas. Matching the steps with the world at large, Nepal has made a great leap in attaining the world class milestones in every facet of societal life—be it political, economic, education, information-technology or social welfare.
Nepal is now a secular Federal Democratic Republic abandoning legacy of being the only Hindu Kingdom in the world. The Constituent Assembly election held on 10 April, 2008 marked the beginning of the new era for Nepal. The democratically elected new government is well poised to bring new and prosperous Nepal eliminating all kinds of social injustice and inequality.
After the political revolution, country now focuses on brining economic revolution that will uplift the country and her people from the centuries old deprivation and poverty. Nation has supported the mission set by Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) to raise the monthly income of each individual up to Rs.12000 per month. Government has also declared to create business environment that is conducive to doing good business in Nepal and that encourage Foreign Direct Investment in immensely potential sectors like infrastructure, hydropower, forestry (Herb Processing), petroleum and mineral resources. Nepal, the country with the second largest water resource in the world, contains opportunities for investing in Hydropower with capacity to produce more than 80000 MW units. As Nepal is already a member of the World Trade Organization, it needs reconstruction of the
industrial sector so as to bring out products that can compete in the international market, at the same time making it cheaper.
Following the example of its neighbors India and China, Nepal is attempting to transform itself into an information technology (IT) hub. The Nepalese government and local companies hope to encourage IT business, promote the use of digital technologies and reduce the digital divide between urban and rural areas. The attempt by Mr. Mahabir Pun, Magsaysay Awardee for Community Leadership from Western Nepal near Pokhara, a tourist hub popular for Annapurna trekking circuit, has created a network of several villages using the wireless Wi-Fi technology. Understanding the power of Information, and the new innovations in internet technology and the wireless communication, Pun has changed the lives of many villagers in communities living in isolation all across the Himalayas. His work on informational technology has become an effective tool to improve health protection and services, increase children's enrollments in schools, spread public health education and awareness, enhance job skill trainings, and promote green micro investments.
In Kathmandu, the capital, a patient with a blind eye from a corneal scar can have sight-restoring corneal transplantation as easily as in San Francisco — for free if the person is too poor to pay. The corneal tissue is fresh and of high quality, often better than what is available to patients in the United States. Dr Sanduk Ruit was born in a small village not far from the Tibetan border in a family of caravan traders. His father stretched the family funds to send him to primary and secondary school in Darjeeling. He trained at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, completed ophthalmology residency, and learned corneal transplantation surgery in Australia and Amsterdam. In 1996, he established the Nepal Eye Bank, which was set up in a hospital— Tilganga Eye Hospital. Dr. Ruit was awarded with Magsaysay prize for International Peace and Understanding.
In educational sector also, Nepal is slowly growing in prominence in subjects like Medicinal, Management and Engineering Studies. As a result,Nepalese students have now marked their presence in world arena. More than dozens students have figured in the top of the lists in Cambridge University’s A level examination. Similarly, students from Tribhuvan University, Department of
Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, made the first indigenous aircraft in Nepal.