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Welcoming AgriYouthNepal 2016 Members on Board

Ever since its establishment, AgriYouthNepal has been engaged in various activities to achieve its motto-defined objectives of promoting youth and ICTs in agriculture. Our approach is to strengthen university education, research and extension system promoting youth and ICTs for agriculture development. AgriYouthNepal announced membership application for year 2016 last month.

We are pleased to announce the selected members for year 2016. We heartily thanks to all the applicants who express to join our movement to strengthen the university focused projects and to prepare/execute series of programs for year 2016/17.

The membership application received went through the review/selection comprised of following team:

  1. Madan Poudel
  2. Sanam Parajuli
  3. Bishal Neupane
  4. Binod Sunar
  5. Swikriti Pandey

We were overwhelmed to receive more than 20 applications for General Membership and Committee Membership.

Here is the list of the selected Committee Members

  1. Pabitra Joshi
  2. Reecha Acharya
  3. Saroj Mandal
  4. Sandesh Subedi
  5. Vivek Bist
  6. Divya Panday
  7. Anisha Tiwari
  8. Pramisha Thapaliya
  9. Saurya Karmacharya
  10. Bishal Modi

Here is the list of selected General Members

  1. Samyam Pandit
  2. Sushant Khadka
  3. Shrawan Kumar Yadav
  4. Susmita Bhatta
  5. Ashmita Karki
  6. Lokendra Singh Thakuri
  7. Nasib Koirala
  8. Roshan Dhakal
  9. Santosh Lamichhane
  10. Narayan Prasad Belbase
  11. Shristi Upadhaya

This final committee will be announced by Annual General Meeting in a democratic process and the committee will work for one year.

We are pleased to invite all the selected members in a consultation meeting which will held on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

Congratulations and Welcome on Board ! It’s time to bring a platform into a movement. Cheers !

Regards,

The Selection Committee

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 !

An open Letter to the Agriculture and Forestry University

[AgriYouthNepal shared this Open Letter with various stakeholders of Agriculture and Forestry University on the glorious occasion of fifth anniversary of Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU)]

Happy AFU Day, everyone!

It is a matter of joy and pride for all the stakeholders, staffs, teachers and students that our university has come this far and we hope it will grow and flourish in years to come. It is a historic day and in the midst of the anniversary celebration, we would like to bring into limelight where we stand on the changing landscape of learning and information sharing.

ICT based tools like Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information System (GIS), satellite imagery, digital database, data mining and data mediation sound promising and are increasingly gaining momentum. ICTs are an essential foundation to drive today’s research and are not just mere add ons. Research activities are becoming increasingly distributive, collaborative, ICT and information intensive.

A university represents some of the highest concentrations of talented and intelligent individuals anywhere on the planet. It is the place where people literally engage in lifelong education. Improving technological infrastructure, investing in greater connectivity, data and information, creating a digital knowledge base, encouraging e-learning and developing capacity should be fostered in agriculture universities to support innovative agriculture development. When it comes to ICT based infrastructure, AFU has been a laggard in the modern timeline. Today when the world discusses about MOOCs(Massive Open Online Courses) and Open Access, we have stationery visiting hours for getting the Xeroxes of lecture notes that were probably written before we were even born. We have not been well acquainted with where and how to access information of our choice, what the recent news/updates are in our sector and who to concern for the technical back stopping. Although some initiatives have been made in delivering lectures through powerpoint presentations, anyone who has sat through a “death-by-PowerPoint” lecture can realize that they have not been as effective as they could be. Learning is not about how loud the bells ring and the whistles blow.
The central library has done an appreciable job collaborating with the Cornell University supported “TEEAL” programme. However, it lacks frequent monitoring and evaluation and there is a serious need of developing technical capacity among the academicians and students about accessing the journals.

We would like to point out some major areas where the university should prioritize in the recent future:
1. Development of physical and virtual ICT infrastructures.
2. Equipment on computer and telecommunication hardware.
3. Digital repository, Open Access and virtual library.
4. Publications(online/offline) on recent research activities carried out by the students and academicians of the university.
5. Online application and examination forms for entrance examinees and students of the university.
6. High speed internet connectivity within the university premises.
7. An effective, responsive and well designed university website with a resource database, a staff and student login portal, e-learning materials and publications.
8. Capacity building in use of ICTs to improve quality of teaching, learning and research.

If just 10% of the investment spent on physical infrastructures went to digital, it would have an enormous impact. It would make large cost savings and provide competitive advantages and meet students’ expectations. It would aid research, collaboration, improve teaching and enhance reputation. We here not only stress upon digital infrastructures, but also on investment in skilled professionals who can build digital tools that meet the present learning needs.

We are facing a crisis. We request you to move digital up your agenda. Don’t ignore it because you don’t understand it. Don’t presume it is just a support function. Make sure you recognise it for what it is, a critical part of our university. If you want us to innovate and really bring next-generation learning to life, you have to engage at a higher level and demand more “out of pattern” experiences. All we need is a bit of vision and a willingness to experiment.

We are looking forward for a more engaging and useful learning environment. We need a tipping point. We need something to catalyze this effort and energy and take it to the next level. Your effort for a more learning centered digital and physical based infrastructure has potential to help not only students in the present time being, but also future students to live better and more fulfilled lives.

You’re the game changer!

Sincerely,
AgriYouthNepal
http://agriyouthnepal.com
(Disclaimer: This open letter is a part of AYN’s movement to create a better ICT enabled learning environment in the university. The words/ideas expressed in this letter are not meant to offend, underestimate and/or humiliate anyone. You can drop your views at [email protected])