Dr. Pramod Dhakal’s presentation on Open University of Nepal at the NRN 4th Regional Conference in Houston, Texas on May 28, 2010.
Parts 2 and 3 below:
Pramod Dhakal, Ph.D. : Dr. Dhakal is the Executive Director of Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN), Senior Scientist at EION Inc., Research Associate at Carleton University, International Affairs Coordinator of NRN-Canada, Member of International Coordination Council of Non-Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA), and Team Lead of NRN SKI’s Open University of Nepal Initiative. A research scientist in the field of telecommunications, he has successfully carried out exclusive research and development endeavors for organizations known to lead the world in the field of research and innovation. There are two patented and several proprietary inventions to his credit. While always remaining close to endeavors of research and development, over the years, he has worked in many roles such as a faculty member and head of a university department, senior consultant of an international consulting company, manager of information technology company, research scientist, entrepreneur, and as the president of a national level student organization.
After being entrenched in electrical and telecommunications engineering for more than two decades, he has emerged into broader social scene in the recent years. Subsequently, his research interests have shifted to application of telecommunication technology for the economic transformation of developing countries. Also expanded are his social horizons – expressed in his well received writings on socio-economic issues that appear in the news media on a regular basis, and his increasing interests in cognition, thoughts, and philosophical domains. Currently he has assumed the leadership role in establishing Open University of Nepal (openu.cffn.ca) through mobilization of Diaspora Nepalese and friends of Nepal along with governments, international organizations, and world-class educational institutions.