Professionals’ mobility around the world is a part of life in the 21st century. Countries need to recognize that they compete with the best institutions in the world for quality manpower. It is time to bury the archaic concept of brain drain and turn to assessing the performance of professionals and systems, wherever they are in the world. The technology turns the modes by which scientists/professional around the world can be connected in no time. In this globalized world the physical location of a person may or may not have any relation to the ability to make an impact on the country’s development. Professionals in the developed world may have most of their work portfolios in Nepal. Easy communication, quick travel, and greater collaborations between developed and developing countries are increasingly more common. The responsibilities of a home country will not be fulfilled by only sending remittances even though it constitutes a significant proportion of foreign revenue. In this scenario, we NRNA professionals need to be proactive and develop ways to contribute appropriate skills and knowledge learned in abroad to our home country Nepal.
The value and effectiveness of individuals depends on their connection to the people, institutions and organizations that enable knowledge creation, and together constitute a propitious environment. Expatriate scientists and professionals can contribute their knowledge, research skills to their native countries by developing collaborative training programmes, research projects and teaching countrymen. This requires a proper channel, and the commitment of foreign scientists and receptiveness at the other end. Scientists, political leaders and decision-makers in Nepal and developed countries, and international development agencies, need to appreciate the social and synergistic nature of knowledge sharing so that policies and education systems are designed to promote and enable research and development. NRN ICC has been working with Government of Nepal in policy level for this broader perspective.
There are many highly qualified and skilled NRNs all around the world who can make significant contribution in the development of Nepal. These skilled and experienced NRNs can transfer their skill, knowledge and expertise to Nepal significantly if we can develop a proper model. NRN ICC is working in policy level with Government of Nepal and some model research projects and Open University program have being implemented. Hence, the scope of this project in Australia is to develop a ground up approach and a mechanism that encourages and allows such professionals to make significant contribution. This mechanism will gather ideas from the professionals/scientists in Australia evaluate in context of Nepal, prioritise for the implementation discussing with the relevant stakeholders.
The Committee consists of the following members:
|Coordinator||Dr. Jay Krishna Thakur
The NCC meets through conference calls occasionally on a need basis, sometime monthly and other times in two or three months. Issues are discussed and roles and responsibilities assigned to each committee members. The committee members report the status of their work during the next meeting.
Activities and accomplishments:
Three major activities have been underway and are at different stages of operation since the Committee was formed less than a year ago.