Innovative winners

Kathmandu:

The young and enthusiastic team from Balaju School of Engineering and Technology leaped with joy as they were declared the winners of the Enterprise Challenge organised by the British Council. The award function was held on December 9. The winning team now have an opportunity to present their idea on an international platform in the UK in March.

The team of Diggaj Regmi, Kedar Phuyal, Bimal Lamsal, Janak Timilsina and Santosh Dahal with Tej Prakash Sapkota as the team teacher had presented their idea titled Eco-Friendly-Filtration-cum-Drier Plant. They demonstrated how industrial pollutants like smoke and polluted chemical water can be treated by heating and pH treatments mechanisms along with neutralisation by natural plants like narkata and can be used for purposes like room heating, irrigation, fertilisers and even send filtered air back to the environment.

The members on the winning team have won Rs 10,000 each. The first runners-up were IEC whose eco-friendly fashion ideas won them the award. They received Rs 5,000 each.

The Enterprise Challenge is part of the global Skills for Employment project and has

been conducted in Central and South Asian region for the first time. A total of around 50 students separated into groups of around five persons each

from various Technical Education and Vocational Training (TEVT) institutes and schools from Kathmandu, Chitwan and Nuwakot had taken part in the challenge.

The initial sessions were held on November 18 and 19. On November 18 speakers from various organisations, especially handicraft products talked about various aspects related to business. The instructions for the final presentation and handing over the final concept by the participants was held on November 19. And finally, on December 9, Devi Dahal, Deputy General Manager, Butwal Power Co and TEVT expert, Ramhari Lamichhane, Project Manager, Skills for Employment, CTEVT and Sunil Chitrakar, Executive Director, Mahaguthi were the judges, who selected the winners.

Talking about the competition Dahal said, “We chose the Balaju team as their idea were very innovative. Their idea was out of the box, had concept clarity, could be replicated, practical, sustainable and could be mobilised to generate profit. Even all the members were equally competent.”

Paula Middleton, Country Director of British Council said, “The British Council is interested to reach out to the youth as they go with innovation, new ideas and opportunities, to help them unleash their creative ideas. This also gives the students a platform to share their ideas on an international level, which can spark ideas which can help in global economy.”

According to Middleton, Skills for Employment can help the young in skills such as entrepreneurship, computer/numeracy skills, good communication and negotiation skills which are very necessary in the 21st century.