Sushil Bhattrai, President at Kull techno lab and Research center
Theme of the Interview: Content and Technology should reach for free in hands of students)
Is kulllab related to education sector or technical sector?
It should be evaluated that Kull is related to both of the sectors.
We function to increase the use of technology in educational field. Overall, Kull is the engineer of the Campaign focused to digitize the education system of Nepal. The core objective of the company is to decrease the book load in bags of students as we used to have in our times. Now, mobile phones have reached in hand of every individual, be it from city or village, but those materials have not been used for education. Heavy books can be joyfully replaced by one tablet where, education can be enjoyed with use of technology. Our major job is to decrease digital division by increasing use of technology. Kull has been working on e-curriculum based on Educational syllabus as set by Ministry of Education, Nepal.
How easy is e- curriculum in context of Nepal?
Mobile was a matter of astonishment 10 years back. Who had thought that use of mobile phone will increase at this rate 10 years ago? That has been made possible today. Within few years internet will reach in hand of every individual like the mobile phone did. When mobile phone along with internet reach every individual no work is impossible. It takes time to remove the habit of carry heavy load in bag but that time span will not be much long. Implementation of e-curriculum is a challenge because of Nepal’s geographical diversity, regulation, educational quality and other such factors.
There is no alternative other than to face the challenge, recognizing the need on today’s world.
They have around 1 lakh student as well as teacher user. There are 60-70 thousand user from 16-17 different countries. Our software is used in countries like United States, India, Bhutan, Philippines, Sudan, Myanmar. Demand is rapidly increasing in these countries!
Is your curriculum governmental “Syllabus”?
The curriculum we have included in our software is the one approved by government of Nepal. Till date it has been used as helping material of students. Approval is not required for online materials. After approval our course is the digital course itself. Within this year it will receive legal recognition.
Preparation of curriculum from grade 7 to 12 has been completed. Along with this work has been done in engineering studies in faculty such as electronic, mechanical as well as civil. For Management, bachelor’s and master’s work has reached the final stage. Within 5 years we will digitize the entire course of Nepal and make it available online. We could make 8 courses within 2 years means within 5 years entire course can be digitized.
The Ministry of Education has also adopted a policy to convert education from to digitization. If policy keeps improving, it is possible to digitize both in public and private education within 5 to 10 years.
Is you targeted group private school or governmental?
Both the schools are our targeted group. So far, we have not seen excitement toward our work from government area.
Its not that we have not outreached for government schools. We have done much to digitize 5 number area of Kathmandu. Among 17 schools 5 has completely been digitized. In first phase we hand out our curriculum to private sector. We have distributed DVD for free in government schools. Our campaign is to make software free. Student should get content and technology for free after which he can learn a lot from it. Business should not be done on content and technology.