Month: April 2011

Youth and Entrepreneurship in Nepal

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Nepal is the country with lots of possibilities, full of natural resources and beautiful climate. Despite the fact, the number of people leaving the country is increasing day by day. The main reasons behind the migration are of course; the political instability and the uncertain future inside the country. However, we can not ignore the fact that, it’s the youth themselves who are responsible for building the nation.

Among the many options, entrepreneurship is the most desirable option by the youth of 21st century. As I have seen in my own friends circle and surroundings, most of the people are satisfied neither in the government jobs nor in private sectors. Lack of free working environment and no space for their creativity can be the major reasons behind the dissatisfaction. On the other hand, the employment opportunities themselves are very limited here and which are also mostly filled by the nepotism, political sources, solicitation and so on. Very few organizations have free competition process, where only the top scorers can reserve the seats. Due to which, people are compelled to leave the country either by the means of education or through the work permits.

The possibilities of entrepreneurship development are being ignored by the youth here. Some of them take it as a risk, some are limited by the money, some lack dedication and passion; some have no any idea about it and some do not even try to think over it. To become an entrepreneur is not just the matter of money and wealth; one can be an entrepreneur by his skill, technical expertise, unique ideas, proper utilization of available resources and cooperation between the friends and relatives. Instead of studying common courses in universities, we can go for technical courses which help us to start our own business after completing the study. We can start cooperative organizations. Even, we can do the existing business in different approach. Most of the people are having agricultural land here and they who do not have own land can get in lease and do modern farming.

By recognition, Nepal is the agricultural country but even we have to import rice and vegetables from other countries. Instead of many unnecessary courses in school, government can develop the course book related the tourism and scope of agriculture in Nepal which can help the students to start their career from their own places. Geographically Nepal is a rich country. The Hills and Himalayans can be developed as the most attractive tourist destination and the Terai region is the best for agriculture. Instead of investing 10-20 lacs of rupees in going abroad, we can start many things here as an entrepreneur. We are doing the job of cleaning, dish-washing, salesmen in stores, waiters in restaurants and so on in other countries but we do no want to initiate respectful jobs here in our own society. If the government will provide trainings/workshops to the youth on tourism business and farming, the youth can be attracted to do something in their own country.

The problem caused by brain-drain is going to have a very bad impact in our society for the years. Now, the time is clicking and the problem is widening. The youth have to think about starting their own business by their own available resources instead of migrating abroad. The starting years can be hard but future will be definitely better. We can see many examples around the world. Most of the big business ventures were started by the small investment and great ideas. The time is asking to the youth of Nepal to set the examples. The government also needs to make some solid plans to support them who want to do something as their own in their society and country. They should been provided loans in less interest rate with light collateral, security to their business. The government should make some special offers for those who want to do agriculture and farming.

Let’s start brain storming about the entrepreneurship development in Nepal from own circles and places. If we have good future in own country than why should we move to other countries sacrificing our identity and self respect???

utshabpokhrel@gmail.com

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