Like many Nepali youth, I believed I would have to choose employment over education, if not for the Pestalozzi scholarship. My life choices would have been limited by finances and my life path most likely chosen by my parents.
At Pestalozzi, I learnt that positivity and support go a long way in making a difference to an individual’s personal growth. The staff, alumni and the wider network were supportive of me, sometimes beyond expectations, which boosted my confidence. I hope to give forward the kind of support I received at Pestalozzi to others in the future.
We used to discuss global political, social and economic issues over dinner or on the bus back from college. Our discussions facilitated the intriguing exchanges of ideas and demonstrated a gap in my thought processes and opening my mind to the differences that existed. I have been hooked on debating since. I was also able to participate in extra-curricular activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh award.
Pestalozzi provided a safe platform where I could work towards my dreams. It taught me hope and changed my life for good. It is important that students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds receive similar opportunities. This uplifts not only an individual, but their family and wider society. My younger brother has gone to university and my extended family has let go of some of their stereotypical expectations.
Before receiving a scholarship to attend the University of Brighton I had two gap years during which I worked as a trainee journalist at Nepal Republica Media Ltd where I was part of a team responsible for designing and producing a daily newspaper supplement.
At Brighton I was awarded the IET Sussex Network Prize for two consecutive years and was awarded an additional merit scholarship in my final year by the university philanthropy department. I graduated in 2020 with a national-level IET student prize.
In 2019, I helped students apply to the university through the Clearing services. I identified that the Clearing process was archaic and a headache for both students and universities. I myself had gone through a hectic process of applying to universities and wanted to make university Clearing faster, cost-efficient and hassle-free. I won the University of Brighton Ideas Competition in December 2019 for the business idea, followed by a fully funded graduate intern and accelerator type business support from the 2020 Santander Universities Emerging Entrepreneurs program.
I founded UNITEC to provide a disruptive Software as a Service (SaaS) solution through with which universities can automate their enrollment process and applicants globally can benefit from a 24/7 self-service system.
UNITEC has just been awarded a Pestalozzi Development Fund grant that will enable us to hire consultancy support in data protection, meet compliance requirements and perform a pilot study. We are currently also expanding our team in Nepal. The funding will be useful in acquiring infrastructure required for global team management and remote working.
Currently, I am following my passion and working towards a career in Artificial Intelligence and innovation and hope to contribute to Nepal’s digital transformation by bringing innovation to Nepal and providing employment opportunities.