Nepal is trying to keep with the digital publishing and ICT applications despite of its sporadic internal political turmoil. Ministry of Education has been making strides to improve the educational infrastructure of the country. In 1993, National Centre for Educational Development was established. Since the tertiary and higher education sector is growing, notably in the areas such as medical sciences, the generation of resources and research output started increasing.
Lack of adequate Internet connectivity has hindered communication and scholarly networks.However, it is appreciable that Nepal has produced many Online OA journals. Projects like Nepal Journals Online hosts about 51 journals in different disciplines (funded by INASP). Open repositories development has been rather slow, since the diffusion of open source technologies, localization of software, content development platforms, and technical know-how is lacking. Creating a union catalogue of libraries in Nepal is underway under the aegis of eFIL initiative. E-Pustakalaya Digital Library project has been set up with the support OLE Nepal to develop content in Nepali language, especially eLearning resources for children and young adults.
University Grants Commission has been working to improve the educational facilities, especially the online presence of universities. But the conditions to set up openly accessible resources have yet to be strategically planned by authorities in Government and academia.
The scale of IT infrastructure requires to be urgently upgraded to keep up with advancement in other countries. Even if computers are available, electricity is not reliable or in many regions there are no phone lines to access the Internet. Capacity building, building awareness, and proactive programmes can help overcome some of the practical barriers.
(Modified on October 2013)Back to top