Jan. 10, 2011, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.: 04 No .-14 Jan. 07-2011 (Poush 23,2067)

The Enterprise Challenge is a free national competition for institutes involved in vocational education and training. It is designed for students aged 16-21 from Technical Education and Vocational Training (TEVT) institutes of Nepal. It focuses on inspiring young students to embrace innovation, creativity, team building, communication and planning skills.

“Entrepreneurship is the key to development and success of Nepal,” says Robert Monro, Country Director of British Council Nepal. “Through this competition we are encouraging young people to come up with innovative ideas that others may not have thought of. But those ideas will have to be practical and self sustaining. If they do that then we will be delighted to help them get off the ground.”

This year five best teams representing TEVT institutes from Eastern, Central, Western, Mid-western and Far-western regions were invited to participate in the final national competition in Kathmandu after undergoing a 2-day training on 18-19 December.

The finalists for the challenge were Seti Mahakali Nursing Campus (Kanchanpur), Madhya Paschim Nursing Campus (Nepalgunj), Tansen Nursing School (Palpa), Balaju School of Engineering and Technology (Kathmandu) and Uttarpani Technical School (Dhankuta).

The topic given to these institutes was “What product or service can your team develop which will help reduce the number of people who are injured or killed in road accidents each year in your town?”

The teams worked for the whole day, brainstorming, researching, and finalizing an enterprising idea and submitted their proposal on 20 December. On 21 December all the teams presented their ideas before the judges.

Madhya Paschim Nursing Campus (Nepalgunj) was successful in winning the competition because their idea of Road safety campaign in society, the aim of which is to reduce the number of accidents and to remove the fear and anxiety of the people about accidents through awareness programs and partnership with insurance companies and local traffic authorities. Judges took this idea as innovative, practical and self-sustainable.

In a formal award ceremony organized at Hotel Radisson on 22 December, Ministry of Education Secretary Shankar Pandey announced the winner of the Enterprise Challenge 2010 and gave them the winning trophy and cheque for pound 1000 to implement their project plan.

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