Monthly Archives: April 2016
The Informator: Dynamic combo of offline-online agri-infotainment

Saurya Karmacharya
AFU 3rd Batch
Agriculture and Forestry University
Rampur, Chitwan

Information and communication technology has just upgraded our world of agri-infotainment to a whole new level. Around many corners of the globe, where, there exists an ever-reigning constraint of access to information, Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) has been delivering considerable treatments to this problem every nanosecond. With the approach to “right to access for information”, AgriYouthNepal in collaborative support of YPARD Nepal and Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU), inaugurated Informator- an offline, online wall magazine on 12th April, 2016.

Informator Wall magazine of AgriYouthNepal

Informator wall magazine on Agriculture and Forestry University

 

 The “Informator” is basically a rectangular notice board-like frame placed by the entrance of the central library in Agriculture and Forestry University, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal. The agriculture related information find themselves home at the informator. Nevertheless, it is more than “just another notice board in the campus”, It is a bank of thoughts and opinions, a swimming pool of knowledge, where you can dive in to witness the wonders agriculture has bestowed the world with. Now you can always find a variety of information regarding agriculture easily while you pass by this lively info-bank that is updated twice a week.

AgriYouthNepal has set out on a high with this project with a vision of filling the online and offline gap between the user group and the info-givers (Of course, you guys complain of network problems and all). With this on mind, the enthralling prospect is the availability of QR code to access the same information on the web via your pocket pet (err…thats the reality!). If you are unknown of this mysterious sounding code, it is a barcode, machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached. And I bet you know many Magazines which have their objective of entertaining its viewers and readers through interesting stories. The informator although a wall notice board is analogous to such magazines regarding its objective of infotizing its passerbys on a regular basis. So you wouldn’t hesitate calling it your wall magazine with a digital access.

This wall magazine would have been the aforementioned “just another noticeboard” without the effort of Madan Paudel, the president of AgriYouthNepal. “There is a huge gap between the online and offline world” says Madan Paudel, who is also a youth representative of YPARD “and we people, being students of agriculture, need to minimize the gap through ICT if we are to extend new information to the user group.” This is a great contribution to us agriwannabe’s and it couldn’t have been possible without the help from the dean of the university, Prof. Dr. Dilli Ram Baral who states that the University is planning to start Department of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) very soon.

It is a mere footstep to a huge project and with combined efforts and knowledge of all of us, development through ICT is inevitable. And for your articles to be published like mine (just saying) you are free to mail [email protected]l.com

Cheers to the Informator!

BLOGGING FOR DUMMIES AND YOU

Bishal Neupane

Vice President, AgriYouthNepal

Agriculture and Forestry University, Rampur, Chitwan

Okay the title seems a little offensive, but not if you are the ‘you’. And I know you are smart. Not that you need it, however let me explain first what blog is. It’s a simple website where you publish your views, opinions or articles on a particular topic. Blogging which initially started as ‘web-log’ and later transformed into ‘we blog’, simply means writing articles online on your website. So when we see a ‘site’ becoming a ‘verb’, this certainly means it’s a really serious and popular trend. Don’t believe me? Just Google it.
Now blogging is done by many, some even earn their living off of it. There are two kinds of blogging websites; the paid ones and the free ones. The premium one is full of billing, statistics and lesser fun; so we don’t want to go there. Actual fun is always in the free ones because it’s the beginning of something new. Just remember how fun it was to ride with the training wheels and just how mundane it is to ride a normal bicycle-like a job…exactly!

Nowadays the most popular free websites are WordPress, Blogspot, Tumblr, Medium etc. So, if you have an email account; which I assume you already do, simply go to one of the above mentioned websites. You know the drill, “www.website’s name.com.” Now me being a dedicated ‘Wordpress’ user, and a satisfied one too; the following guide will be more inclined towards its interface. Well, if you are in the site click on ‘Get Started’ for a brand new account and then select a particular theme; smart people go with ‘Independent Publisher’. Later on after this you get to choose a ‘domain name’. A ‘domain name’ is used in URLs to identify particular web pages, it’s basically your site’s identity hence a lesser regrettable and more professional name is recommended. Avoid using “SelnaGomez Yourname” or “ZaynMalik Yourname”…not cool!

After a domain’s been set, pick a plan for your blog; needless to say ‘Free Plan’…obviously! Thereafter provide your email address and assign a password, finally you will be greeted with a new WordPress account. But first send a confirmation mail from your authorized email account and you are good to go.

Being a newbie, blogging can be confusing; happened to me too. Although you know how to write, doesn’t mean you’ll emerge as a heart pounding, guts wrenching kind of a writer in one go. It takes time, take your time. Write for yourself. And once you’ve got enough followers get to know them, their needs, what they want to read and finally write for them. Create your style and most importantly be consistent. Fill those blank pages, go out there and paint it red, black…make your own color. But first just get started.

“Be a victor in this scholarly battle of blogging, I hath faith upon thee.”
Oh! And lastly, you could have just skipped this whole article and searched “How to start a blog” on Youtube could have saved yourself a trouble of reading this blatantly written article which undermines its own readers.

Good Day !