AFU 3rd Batch
Agriculture and Forestry University
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.
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!