Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, July 1:

Information technology can help uplift the condition of downtrodden women, it was pointed out at a programme today. National Planning Commission member Pushpa Shrestha, inaugurating a programme organised to announce scholarships for women working in the information technology (IT) sector, said that IT can lead the downtrodden women to the competitive world. Stating that there are very few women professionals in the IT sector, Lochan Lal Amatya, president, Computer Association of Nepal (CAN), said that scholarships would encourage them to enter into the IT sector, where more energetic hands are in demand.

Lasmi Kanta Shrestha, director, Rural Service Directorate at the Nepal Telecom Company, said that IT, one of the major tools for economic and social development, has reinforced the society. Principal Naresh P Shreshta said that scholarships were given to 50 applicants among 450 candidates who filled their applications online. The 50 women, after completing a six-month-long training, would be given Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certificate. The scholarship was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development.