First Nepali To Get PhD Degree in Computer Engineering

First Professor of computer Engineering and Data Center’s Engineer Doctor!

Many people recognize Prof. Dr. Subarna Shakya as the first Nepali to get PhD degree in Computer Engineering. It has been almost 19 years that Shakya was addressed to this post. Shakya, who has spent 19 years in education, see a need of IT University. In 2000, he received PhD degree in Computer Engineering with speciality “Elements and Devices of Computing technology and Control systems” from the Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine. These days, he is not limited with these posts only. From last March 2012, Professor tag is added in front of his name, Shakya has become the country’s first Professor of computer engineering and doctoral degree in Computer engineering.

Not only is this, since a long time, Shakya’s name is associated with Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University. Since 18 years, he has been giving Computer engineering and ICT education to students, he is also asst-dean of that Institute. In Nepal, he served as Executive Director of National Information Technology Center (NITC) and Shakya has introduced Data Center in Nepal. Except IT, He has experience in field of government service and business lessons to fit the personality of proud Shakya.

 Shakya who was born in Patan on 25th September, has already been honored and titled at the age of forty, listening to this you might be jealous. He was born as the son of Siddhi Raj Shakya and Gyani Maiju Shakya. His childhood was simple and normal. Shakya who was born in Newari family never had to face sorrows still he never hold back for happiness. After getting the support of Anu in life, he became more excited to become doctor and Professor. His daughter Achheta Shakya, seeing his success, learned many things from life is heading towards her own success. After all, life has confirmed that hard work pays, said Prof. Dr. Shakya.

 “Shakya sustaining engineering education, has given his 18 years in teaching, research and administration as asst dean. In Nepal, He is Executive Director of National Information Technology Center (NITC) and Shakya has introduced Data center in Nepal.”

 Shakya, who did his schooling from Namuna Machindra boarding School, never hold 1st position in school. “I have never been 1st, but I always use to come either 2nd or 3rd” Shakya said remembering his school days. After finishing school, he studied Diploma in Electronics. Thinking computer is the next probable area in future, He entered in engineering field. In 1990, after Diploma, He did integrated Master’s degree in Computer Engineering with specialty “Computers, Complexes, System and Networks” from the Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine. When Shakya studied Diploma, Computer System was not introduced in Nepal. Prof. Dr. Subarna Shakya got information that Muni Bahadur Shakya made computer in Nepal at that time. But, Government hadn’t done any effort to bring computer system. Though, He couldn’t use computer, and having the dream of being Electronics Engineer he became Master in computer seeing the future in Computer.

  In 1996, after completing Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, he returned back to Nepal and started teaching in Pulchowk Campus. Till today, teaching profession is not honored in Nepal.  That time, it’s not that the person who has Master Degree in Computer didn’t get any job offers, but he was focused in teaching and studying. Being that, he continuously contributed for 16 years in field of teaching. To bring ICT study, Prof. Dr. Shakya played a significant role. In 2056 B.S, Purbhanchal University was to introduce BIT and BCA, and to make this course effective, he was the one who made it successful. For introducing IT course and books, Shakya worked very hard continuously. Studying that course, today thousands of technology is in heights of working. Besides this he had contributed to introduced MCA and Information System Engineering at Purbanchal University, bachelors and masters in Computer Science and Information technology, master degree in Information and communication engineering and computer systems and knowledge Engineering at Tribhuvan University.

 “At the time of establishment, National Information Technology Center, he worked there as Executive Director. That four years in government sector, has been both happiest and saddest thing for him. When he was in NICT, to implement E-governance Shakya had played very important role. He has contributed for establishing data center in Nepal. But, politics didn’t rate his contribution and didn’t let him work as well, this made him feel very bad.”

Talking about educational sector only is injustice with Shakya. He has work experience in government agencies for four years as an Academic secretary. For expanding Nepal’s IT development and expansion of government agencies Shakya got entry in government sector. At the time of establishment, National Information Technology Center, he worked there as Executive Director. That four years in government sector, has been both happiest and saddest thing for him. When he was in NITC, to implement e-government. Shakya had played very important role. He has contributed for establishing data center in Nepal. But, politics didn’t rate his contribution and didn’t let him work as well, this made him feel very bad. While only 6 months was remaining in the term, because of political source and force, he had to resign from the Executive Director Post then government appointed another person for that post.

About two hours long conversation with Prof. Dr. Shakya, he remembered his past days of developing data center tragically. Without saying day and night, he has shed his sweat for establishing data center. ‘When Korea International Cooperation Agency’s (KOICA) president visited NITC, one proposal was presented related to establishment of ICT Center in Nepal, the  influence of presentation as well as well establishment of Data Center namely Government Integrated Data Center(GIDC) , he was very much positive to Establishment of ICT  center in Institute of Engineering in Pulchowk ’ Shakya said. Revising E-government master plan, collaborating with Korean Information Technology promotion Agency (KIPA) and getting support of total 3.5 million dollar from KOICA, data center project was done in Nepal, said Shakya. Remembering working hard, he said, “Data centers have been established with many difficulties. Here is no appreciation for good work, everyone knows how to criticize and how to drag your feet. “

When Shakya was in NITC, he had an idea of developing e-government master plan, but he felt very bad that he couldn’t complete that work. Today, his thoughts of working in e-governance sector. Staying in Nepal only, working for information technology and the overall country, Shakya is certainly a mirror for society. Because of Nepal’s political parties and unnecessary political lobbies, ICT development couldn’t be done in Nepal, said Shakya. By using ICT, Korea has become the world’s best country, but we’re embroiled in our personal advantage of. May be because of this, Shakya is not interested in politics. He says, ‘I don’t need to be a leader. I am a person who is willing work, why should I get engage in bad deeds. “

 In Forty years of age, the contribution of Prof. Dr. Shakya throughout is very high. In Nepal, people of information technology sector can learn a lot from Shakya. During this period, he received a dozen of honors and awards. On 23 rd February 2001, He received Mahendra Vidyabhusan and in 2006 AD. He received Education Award. Similarly, in April 2006 he received Nepal Academy of science and Technology (NAST) Young Scientist Award. CAN Makawanapur presented ICT National Award in 2010 and he was awarded for the best figure in the ICT Association to establish National Data Centre Award in 2011. Prof. Dr. Shakya never expects for an award. “I will keep on working and I don’t care about honors and awards”, said Shakya. He got Best Innovation award by Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA). More than award, his ICT’s contribution to the development of the country itself is a great award for Nepal and He has worked very hard even in rural areas to have access to the ICT.  He has even written computer books for students of Class 1 to 4. So that, Students in rural areas won’t have to stay far from learning computer he began writing the book.

 Shakya, who has spent 16 years in education, see a need of IT University. For this, he said that plans should be built about it. To produce skilled IT students, they should rely on delivering teachers. He has prepared high IT educational program curriculum but he is worried what if he couldn’t produce skilled students. Practical education should emphasize rather than theory, said Shakya. In Shakya’s life, studying higher education in Ukraine was full of sorrows than the grief he suffered in childhood. In Nepal, establishment of the data center’s success is the happiest time of Shakya’s life and this moment occurs repeatedly. Today also he carries many potential and plan for the country’s ICT development. If country only tries to recognize such a person then possibility’s door will open itself.

 Word portrait of Prof. Dr. Shakya

Birthdate – 25th SEPTEMBER 1970

Vidyavaridhi (PhD) – 2000

Mahendra Vidyabhusan – 23rd February 2001

Education Award – Education Day, 2006

Young Scientist Award, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) – April 2006

ICT National Award, CAN MAKWANPUR – 2010

Best figure to establish Data Center in Nepal – 2011

Head of the Department, Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, IOE, TU-2002-2006

Professor, Computer Engineering – 15th March 2012

Executive Director, National Information Technology Center- 2006-2010

Best Innovation award by Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA)-2014

Asst. Dean (Academic Administration), Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University- 6 Sep 2010-16 May 2015

Appreciated By ICT Frame Magazine for the Contribution of ICT Sector of Nepal