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Corporate Social Responsibility

Ncell Scholarships and Excellence Awards
 
While Nepal suffers from the lack of adequate high-skilled technical human resources, fast-rising educational costs are disabling parents and discouraging youngsters to pursue technical higher education. Hence, in order to encourage and support talented engineering students, Ncell Private Limited has signed an agreement with the Institute of Engineering (IOE), Pulchowk Campus to give continuity to the coveted ‘Ncell Scholarships and Excellence Awards’ programme for the next 5 years, incorporating two more engineering faculties under this initiative.
 
This initiative under Ncell’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aims at encouraging and supporting technical education with an effort to expand and diversify the professional engineering field among the youth. Ncell has agreed to provide scholarships and excellence awards worth Rs. 13 million to students under five faculties—Electrical, Electronics, Computer, Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the Pulchowk Campus for the five years (2019-2023).
 
As a responsible corporate citizen Ncell had instituted Ncell Scholarships and Excellence Awards in 2014 at Pulchowk Campus, IoE for 5 years (2014-2018) to support young talents and contribute towards development of engineering skills. In the five years period, a total of 60 students have been granted with Ncell Scholarships and 20 students have received Ncell Excellence Awards. So far, Ncell has already provided scholarships and awards of worth NPR 8 million to the students of three faculties— Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering during the period.
 
Under this initiative, Ncell will now annually provide 18 scholarships and 6 excellence awards to the toppers of Electricals, Electronics, Computer, Civil and Mechanical Engineering of the campus for five years.
 
Ncell Scholarships aim to promote the best and brightest minds, whereas Ncell Excellence Awards aim to recognize and felicitate the academic achievers. Both scholarships and excellence awards carry amount worth Rs 100,000 each.
 
The distribution of the scholarships and excellence awards will be amongst the toppers and scholars of the five engineering faculties of the Campus based on annual scored obtained. According to the agreement, the scholarships will be awarded to the topper student of 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year of each faculty. Similarly, one female topper among all female student of the five faculties will receive the scholarship.
 
As for the excellence awards, based on cumulative sore of 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year and 4th year, toppers of each faculty and additional one female topper among all female student of the five engineering streams will be honoured with Ncell Excellence Awards.

 

Flood Early Warning and Humanitarian Support

 
Nepal lies on earthquake high risk zone and every year, our communities are badly affected by natural disasters like floods and landslides. In order to improve disaster preparedness, Ncell, as a responsible corporate citizen, has been working together with the government agencies and supporting to implement flood Early Warning System (EWS) so that people living in disaster prone areas could get prior warning of looming disaster and move to safety, and loss of life and property could be minimized. 
 
The collaboration between Ncell and Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) for the implementation of Flood EWS was first formalized in 2016, when Ncell and DHM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Since the MoU, Ncell has been providing early warning information on hydro-meteorology related disasters such as flood through mass SMS to the people living along the downstream of West Rapti, Narayani, Kankai, Koshi, Bagmati, Karnali, Babai and Kamala rivers, among others. This Ncell, DHM initiative has been praised as ‘life-saver’ and was also shortlisted for prestigious Global Mobile (Glomo) Awards 2017.
 
Building further on the collaboration for delivering more benefits to the vulnerable communities, Ncell in 2018 has entered in the fresh MoU with DHM, broadening the collaboration for the implementation of early warning system (EWS) -- a lifesaver initiative that improves the disaster preparedness. The new MoU formalizes collaboration between Ncell and DHM which for next 5 years.
 
Under this, Ncell upon DHM’s request will continue broadcast flood early warning alerts to the people living along downstream river basin of major rivers known for creating flood mayhem. The company will also provide connectivity support to DHM, which will enable the department to efficiently transfer data between hydrological/meteorological stations installed across the country and central server. As a part of this commitment, Ncell will support DHM with 250 Ncell SIM cards with annual balance totaling to Rs 1.5 million in the first year of MoU. As DHM install new telemetry devices and expand hydro-meteorological stations, Ncell will continue to provide similar connectivity support to those stations, so that more people could benefit from the EWS initiative.
 
In EWS, DHM keeps track of the hydro and metrology situations and triggers the messaging based on the level of water in rivers, following which Ncell immediately sends early warning SMS from short code number 1155 to the customers living in the disaster prone areas in real time. Customers can also make free calls to DHM’s toll free number 1155 and get information about the floods.
 

MIT GSL program

 
Ncell in 2018 collaborated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, one of the world’s prestigious universities, and Kathmandu University (KU), Nepal, to implement MIT Global Startup Labs (GSL) in Nepal to empower technology entrepreneurs and help cultivate the startup ecosystem in the country. 
 
This pioneering program was initiated by Ncell as a part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative and in line with its vision to help nurture ‘technopreneurship’ spirit among young talent through innovation.
 
For the first year, the program targeted students and alumni of KU. 35 students and alumni of KU who aspired to make a change through innovative digital business ideas were selected for MIT GSL Nepal program -- an intensive 7 weeks innovation boot camp, where participants develop start up projects - from ideation stage to execution of technology startups under the mentorship by MIT instructors.
 
MIT GSL was implemented through June 15 to August 02, 2018. Based on MIT’s unique approach, the course of the program included detailed technical curriculum, market research, team development, and business model execution, learning to pitch ideas, guest lectures, and networking events, all to help students realize the potential of their ideas. All of this culminated on Demo Day on August 2, when the student teams delivered pitches and prototypes of their business ideas.
 
The goal of MIT GSL is to both educate students to entrepreneurship and help foster startup in Nepal. The MIT has been conducting MIT GSL program for the last 18 years in 25 countries promoting economic development by cultivating young technology entrepreneurs, including India and Sri Lanka in South Asia. MIT GSL has trained nearly 3,000 budding entrepreneurs in two dozen countries to become leaders in the new information economy in their home countries as well as internationally. Globally, MIT GSL partners with universities and companies in emerging regions and organizes advanced courses taught by MIT instructors. The MIT GSL program focuses on mobile and internet technologies and are structured so that students are exposed to the commercial possibilities of technologies. 

Ncell Scholarships and Excellence Awards
 

While Nepal suffers from the lack of adequate high-skilled technical human resources, fast-rising educational costs are disabling parents and discouraging youngsters to pursue technical higher education. Hence, in order to encourage and support talented engineering students in i. Electronics, ii. Electricals and iii. Computer, Ncell in 2014 instituted Ncell Scholarships and Excellence Awards for five years at Pulchowk Campus, Institute of Engineering (IoE), which is the most reputed engineering institute of the country.

 

Under this, 12 students, including a topper of each batch (1st, 2nd and 3rd year) of i. Electrical, ii. Electronics and iii. Computer departments and a female topper among all 3 departments of each batch will receive scholarship every year until 2018. Likewise, 4 students graduating with top scores, one each from these faculties and also 1 female student graduating with top scores among all female students of these three faculties, received Ncell Excellence Awards. Both Scholarship and Award carries a purse of NRs 100,000 net of taxes.

 

Adopt a School
 

Though education is basic children rights, many children in rural areas of Nepal are deprived of it due to the lack of proper school infrastructure. Considering this reality, Ncell placed education at the top of its CSR priority list in 2011 and started ‘Adopt a School’ Programme.

 

Under this project, Ncell began adopting rural community-run schools having a large number of students but failed to deliver good education owing to lack of classrooms, education materials, and other basic facilities. Ncell supported them to do away with their deficiencies by providing basic infrastructures, such as classroom, library, toilet, drinking water and educational materials.

 

Ncell partnered with Save the Children to identify, select, implement and monitor the project. Schools from underprivileged remote districts that lacked infrastructure and education materials were kept on the priority list and they were supported, creating a better learning environment for students and also enabling the schools to intake more students and retain them. This project was implemented in 2012, 2013 and 2014.


 
For project details, click here.

Ncell Digital Libraries

Traditional teaching methodology still prevails in our country. Although some schools in urban areas have adapted to modern techniques, schools from rural areas have not been able to do so because of the financial constraint and most of them do not have a library where students can get additional knowledge than that of the course books. Those having also are not able to update and manage. Thus, Ncell has initiated to help students of such schools by establishing digital libraries. Not only were the students,  our partner for the project Help Nepal Network provided  trainings  for the teachers with orientation to use such libraries and to benefit from the perks of information technology and projects are being monitored by Save the children.

These libraries have been useful for the students to acquire extra knowledge and helped to increase the numbers of computer literacy. Schools have appreciated our efforts. Inspired by the success of our endeavor, we have continued the project in 2012 and assisted more such schools. This has also helped to control the absence and drop out ratio of the students to a larger extent.

For project details, click here.

Scholarship for girl children

Due to poor financial status and orthodox thinking that a girl child does not need much education, deserving girl students  from rural areas do not get higher level of education. Thus, Ncell selected few girl students from Karnali Zone who had passed the SLC level and provided them with scholarship to pursue their education up to the graduation level. The students were identified by Save the Children based upon their results and financial condition. We have continued and expanded such support in 2012 as well.

For project details, click here

Voice against girl trafficking

 We have contributed for the self employment of women from underprivileged family. This has helped them to uplift their financial status and control the girls trafficking caused by poverty in some extent. We provided financial assistance to eight such women to set up micro enterprises based on their skills. The project was executed with the assistance of "Shakti Samuha" and is monitored by Save the children. We are determined to continue such programs in future too.

For project details, click here.

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