HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: With the world taking a leap forward in the field of information technology (IT), there is a huge scope for human resources in this area. Today, there are exciting employment opportunities related to the IT sector, ranging from repairing computers to web hosting to software engineering. As IT is continually evolving just like the education sector, one is continually creating resources for the other.
There are several colleges in the country that offer IT subjects. “There are around 42 colleges that provide Bachelors and Masters in techno-logical subjects, which offer varied courses according to the universities they are affiliated to,” says Amrit Kumar Pant, secretary
of Computer Association of Nepal. One such institution catering to IT enthusiasts is Shepherd College (SC), a prominent media education and training institute affiliated to Purbanchal University. Ananta Mainali, executive director of the college, says, “There is a tremendous scope for media technology students in the country, as they are equipped with theoretical as well as practical knowledge.” According to him, presently media houses are also recruiting knowledgeable and technical personnel to avoid unprofessionalism at the workplace. However, to succeed in an IT career, an interest for the field is as essential as academic excellence and specific degrees.
SC initiated its Bachelors in Media Technology (BMT) in 2002 and Masters in Media Technology (MMT) in 2010. Till date, around 200 BIT students have already graduated, while the first batch of MMT is about to be produced.
According to Mainali, after the completion of their course, SC students are employed by media
houses as well as advertising agencies. Moreover, more than 50 per cent of its graduates are working in different organisations within the country and few have applied for further studies abroad to specialise on certain areas. Mainali reveals, “The basic salary for an IT professional ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 and can go up to any amount depending on their skills.”
One company that realises the need to hire IT students is eSewa. The company, launched in 2009, is entirely technology based. Sabin Shrestha, human resource manager of eSewa, says, “We have around 70 staffs working for the company. Since we deal with highly technical key factors, we hire people who have theoretical and applied expertise in the field.” Most employees at eSewa are IT graduates. While hiring employees, the company looks for students with an IT background who are able to function as team players. Explaining their strategy, he says, “We require confident IT graduates working in teams, who have multi-dimensional skills regarding their responsibilities.” According to him, the company also pays its employees according to their performance and skills. Depending on the post, the salary of such employees ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs 65,000.
Likewise, Deerwalk Services Pvt Ltd, a premier healthcare software solutions company, also believes in the power of IT. Arjun Adhikari, engineer and manager of the company, says, “Although there are no rigid criteria regarding recruitment, we obviously prefer employees who are academically strong as well as skilled in technology. Innovation and creativity count a lot in the field of IT.”
Students eager to jump in the IT foray have their own say regarding it. “As this is a creative field, I joined IT education to gain technical and theoretical knowledge,” says Udayashwor Subedi, student of MIT at Shepherd College. Having worked as a freelancer in different advertising companies, Subedi believes that media and technology merge to form a lethal combination. But he also opines that there are obstructions in this profession. Subedi says, “We study the course and receive a degree, but when we apply for related jobs, we find unqualified people already involved in the profession. They are trained on the job, which is frustrating at times.” Adding to this, he says, “There is partiality in payment also. MBA graduates in banks have higher salary compared to equally educated employees in the media.” According to him, IT professionals have a better time in NGOs ad INGOs, where the salary starts from Rs 8,000 and can go up to Rs 60,000 depending on their experience and negotiation skills.