Members of the faculty,

Distinguished guests,

Dear Students,


It gives me great pleasure to be standing in front of so many bright and young talents of our country. The Kathmandu University over the years has become synonym to quality education. I would like to acknowledge the contribution of the management of this University for building this institution of higher learning for all who wish to learn, the Methodists of this area deserve the Nation’s gratitude.


There are few earthly things more beautiful than a university,” wrote John Masefield in his tribute to English universities – and his words are equally true today. He did not refer to towers or to campuses but merely admired the splendid beauty of a university, because it was, he said, “a place where those who hate ignorance may strive to know, where those who perceive truth may strive to make others see.”


All of us here are aware of the setbacks like regular protests, obstruction of the Parliament, the recent walkout of the Maoists from the Government and a new coalition Government being put in place etc and wonder if Nepal is really the right place for the youth to explore for opportunities.


From a recent Nepali Publication I learnt that according to the Institute for International Education in New York, the number of Nepali students studying in the US increased by 27.9 per cent between 2006 and 2007. From 1997-2000, Nepalese spent an estimated Rs 54 billion studying abroad. Between 1990 and 2005, the number of students going abroad doubled, which means Nepali students are spending more than Rs 30 billion annually to study in countries other than India.


We have been through a 12 year conflict ridden environment in the recent past. (Although I must say that the economy, to a large extent, was still on track during this period and we have seen an unprecedented pace of development across the board and the growth rate jumping to 5.6% in 2008).


As a consequence of this conflict there have been some critical departures as well as structural changes, both on the economic front as well as on the social front. Nepal, with the good wishes of the International community and its neighboring countries, has the distinction of managing this conflict into the mainstream politics. In the process the new Republic took birth and I feel that this is what started the process of creating a new era for the country and its development.


But to me the common enemy is very much alive and vibrant – poverty, deprivation, unemployment and proper education and the common agenda is equally clear – prosperous “New Nepal”, which every Party and every person talk about but very little in real terms to support the cause.


I often ask a question to myself, or for that matter many other CA members like myself who came from professional background, as to what am I doing in this critical moment at this critical juncture? I find that our voice gets lost, no matter how loud it is in certain forums, when it comes to pushing a more neutral and rational thought process, as it is all about the number game and who is in the helms of affairs representing the parties. Unfortunately most of such critical issues are debated offline than online.


Such are the critical issues that we are surrounded by. Therefore we are posed with these questions everyday, when will the constitution be written and if at all it will be written? Anyway!


It is the view of some that if is of no use to speak of peace or to be more precise, of a political consensus until the leaders adopt a more enlightened attitude. I hope they do and I believe we can help them do it. But I also believe that we must reexamine our own attitudes, as individuals and as a Nation, for our attitude is as essential as theirs. And every student of this school, every thoughtful citizen who despairs of hostilities and wishes to bring peace, should begin by looking inward, by examining his own attitude towards the possibilities of a newer Nepal. Ever one of us should be open to the idea of a gradual evolution and there is o single, simple key to this peace; no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. The process of development must be the product of every strata of the society, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation.


Dear Students,

As an 18 year old, I too was very keen (like most of you here) on going abroad but right after completing my schooling I stepped into my family business unexpectedly, partly by destiny and partly by choice. It was my determination to learn and my vision to grow that I, with the combined effort of a number of capable individuals, have been able to take a humble organization like Chaudhary Group to where it stand today.


I wish for all of you to realize that today we stand at the beginning of a new tomorrow and the nation awaits young minds like yours to take it to greater heights. Like President Obama said, ‘Every single one of us has something we’re good at. Every single one of us has something to offer. And every single one of us has a responsibility to discover what that is.


By defining our goals more clearly, by making it seem more meaningful, manageable and practical, we can help all people from different walks of life to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly towards it.


Address by: Binod K. Chaudhary

KUSOM Annual Festival

27th November, 2009